Go back to last month, the rain battering our country and bringing the us to our knees. Who knew that something that we usually wouldn't be concerned about, could cause so much destruction. Not only was December one of the wettest calendar months on record, but it was also the warmest December we have ever had, like since records began.
And it showed just how under-prepared we were for such occurrences. Up here in the North, I have never seen nothing like it in my life. You wouldn't believe that it was just water, it felt so dangerous, so frightening.
5 minutes away, literally, round the corner from us, the River Aire burst its banks, flooding everywhere around it. Lucky for us, we live slightly uphill so it never reached our doorstep, but that wasn't the case for some businesses not far from us.
Kirkstall, the whole main road flooded, blocking off businesses, peoples livelihoods, even one of the main routes to the centre of Leeds was blocked off. Causing carnage everywhere it went, this rain, this flood, was destructive, ruining peoples lives in an instant. In total, the floods in December caused around £1.5 billion of damage.
Damage that will take years to fix, and some damage being irreparable. My brother works at a factory that supplies pet food and products, the whole lot, thousands of pounds of stock just washed down the drain, ruined. And that's not including the computers, the warehouse. Things that will take years to rebuild.
Of course we can point the finger at who is to blame but it is really anyone. Yes, the government should have pumped money into our flood defences and councils should have been organised and put these in place, but would it have stopped this freak weather,
In a survey carried out by Simpson Millar 62% of respondents actually didn't think there was any way to avoid the damage that was caused. The damage is done. Climate change will just get worse and worse and so will the weather. These floods might become more and more frequent and so surely something needs to be done.
Yet, we will keep fighting, you can never keep a Yorkshire-person down for long. We will fight back, we will build ourselves back up, we will lend a helping hand, and if the governments, councils, everybody, if we all come together, maybe the floods wont catch us off guard again!