Posted: 11/02/2014 at 18:01
I reckon it'll take a very long time for things to get back to what was "normal" where the land has been submerged for as long as it has been this time round. Obviously we can see for ourselves those creatures which are mobile and probably will have survived - rodents, birds and so on - but what won't have survived are the insect larvae & worms etc.,and things we can't see, as well as those creatures which hibernate - someone else "upthread" mentioned hedgehogs, I think.
Another problem - which I don't think people have mentioned - is the fact that there willl undoubtedly be pollution due to sewage systems ceasing to function properly, and the possibillity that there may well be pollution from oil fuel domestic heating systems and underground fuel storage tanks. Those rural areas which have suffered badly are probably those which don't have mains services other than electicity and water - and even the water systems may well be badly affected.
The water table overall is so high now that large trees are more likely than ever to be blown over in high winds - their roots being unable to hold due to the soft ground. This is something we've seen round here, even though we're not at risk from flooding and the soil is relatively light/sandy.
There's every chance that all of us will find our buildings insurance premiums rising too - the insurance companies will get their money back somehow, just as they have done by increasing motor insurance costs as a result of the rising number of claims for whiplash injuries........... Property prices will fall in those areas which have been affected by the floods, and some people will undoubtedly find themselves in what's called a "negative equity" situation now - even if they could find a buyer if and when they have to sell their home.
It seems to me that there won't be many creatures or businesses which won't suffer long-term from the affects of the floods - maybe the only ones who'll do well are people who have a carpet shop!