Large swathes of the UK are on flood alert today. It may be a beautiful sunny day in this blogger's neck of the woods in Yorkshire but that may just be a brief respite. Forecasters are predicting more of the same and the current UK joke is that this is "the wettest drought ever".
As the ground becomes ever more rain soaked, waterlogged earth will cause many problems. Today there is the sad news of a British man and his pet dog that drowned in their car.
The vehicle became submerged in five feet of water as the man tried to cross a Ford. A female passenger reportedly managed to escape. The tragedy happened close to Newbury in Hampshire, in the South of England. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
As yet he is the only fatality of the recent dire weather. With 38 flood warnings and 140 flood alerts in place across England and Wales, more flooding and associated structural damage is expected. Currently there are no severe flood warnings.
The Environment Agency are monitoring the situation closely and will update warnings, alerts and advice as the day moves on. The EA have finally confirmed that all of this rain will ease the drought conditions but they insist that similar levels of rain, for a length of time, are needed.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog