Well we seem to have made it through the vicious winter storms of the winter. The BBC link points to a fascinating timeline of a series of storms that started with St Judes on the 27th and 28th October and ran all the way through to the end of February, when the UK is ‘getting its breath back’. But with the amount of water that fell over the 4 months (about 20 inches) its going to be a while before things are back to normal. Damage was extensive along the coast, with several years worth of erosion over the 4 months. Their are some awesome pics in the article that I thoroughly recommend.
Oh and on top of all this, the agency that deals in predicting/handling this sort of disaster is being reduced in size due to Government cutbacks.. go figure.