Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Umbrella Season



Its been raining here for the last 3 weeks.

Non-stop.

One gets weary of the constant wetness.

The sudden drenching of the feet as one decides to dash across the grass thinking one has feathers powering one's shoes. The decision to air the body after one brief glimpse of brightness behind the clouds only to be deluged upon 200 metres from the dryness of the house. The water levels rising, at an alarming rate, in the mighty river Shannon which flows nearby, too close for comfort. There haven't been floods like this for 100 years, the weather people tell us.

We haven't had to evacuate yet but we are on "alert". The weather forecast for the next week is "more of the same". All around this small green island, people are being evacuated from their homes. News reports carry pictures of young families being hoisted to safety on to army lorries, old people being piggy-backed from their homes on the backs of kindly neighbours, farmers weeping at the sight of their fertile fields being transformed into lakes of bankruptcy. Business people looking on in disbelief as their stock floats away on the torrents streaming through their premises. Emergency services stretched to capacity and beyond.

It is unbelievable.

But one just worries about the wetness of it all.

Sometimes, one thinks that one might be better served to be a realist rather than an optimist.



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6 comments:

Warty Mammal said...

Well, heck. When I saw the title, I was sort of hoping you'd say that you'd used the umbrella on the inlaw you posted about yesterday.

I hope you and your family will be safe during the rains!

Pauline said...

Hoping you stay safe and that eventually you all dry out!

riseoutofme said...

Warty .. If only I had an umbrella at the time! Unfortunately, one never has the weapons one needs at the appropriate time!

Pauline .. So far we're still o.k. ... just watching the waters rise .. just hoping now that the power station near us can hold off for another couple of days before releasing tons of water into the river. Thanks.

secret agent woman said...

That's hard when you get way too much of a good hting. We had a late summer like that - weeks and weeks of rain every day with flooding all over the place.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

If you think constant wetness is a bugger, what till you start to deal with constant dryness.

Molly said...

A high price to pay for forty shades of green! If I ever moved back there I'd have to have SAD lights in every room! Sorry to hear of all the flooding and hardship and damage to crops.....Hope all the rain blows off somewhere else [like Australia?] soon.