Saturday, 9th January, 2016.

Wet, Wet, Wet

     I heard that Charles Saxe-Coberg-Goethe-Battenburg visited the North of England sometime during the last few weeks, to view the terrible flood-damage which that area has been suffering.   (He is often referred to as “The Prince of Wales”, by the way – a false title:  the last Welsh Prince of our land was approved by the People of Wales, and his name was Owain Glyndwr.)

    Seemingly following in his footsteps, Wasteminster’s Scottish-surnamed Prime Minister did the same.

     I have found no photographic evidence that either of them rolled up his sleeves and helped with the clearing-up work.

     I have been keeping my eye – though not very carefully – on Welsh news to see if either of them have visited Wales to have a look at the flooded places here in our land.   And, I would have thought, anyone calling himself our Prince would have done so.   Please let me know, readers, if you’ve heard any such news.

    Yet Wales has had a fair bit of disruption and damage caused by these strange weather times.   And, up in Llanrwst, the River Conway has caused problems which don’t seem to have been attended to properly.

     Sandra Holmes, Llanrwst’s flood-warden, is dismayed that the flood-protection system in that nice little town was not used properly.   She says that local folk are angry because, had the flood-protection stuff been used properly and at the right time, the whole problem with the town’s flooding could have been prevented.

     There’s a “demountable dam” there which would have saved many local homes from flooding – but the wretched thing wasn’t raised quickly enough over the Festive Season.

    That shows that – though we can make plans to protect our homes and our communities from anything which may cause real problems – the human factor is important.   I would have hoped that, after spending six-and-a-half-million pounds on the area’s flood-relief scheme, somebody would have been made responsible for operating that scheme.

     Maybe both of the worthies mentioned in my opening remarks will get to North Wales soon and see what can be done and/or get the flood-relief scheme properly organised.

     Yes, I’ve banged on about just one aspect of Wales this week.   But I feel it’s an important topic.   And, as I often say in this column, we should all do our best to ensure that we prepare ourselves and our homes for any unexpected emergency.

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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