You can see pictures of the recent flooding here.
It’s a sad situation for those affected, but it’s nothing new. On the 7th of January, 1928, The River Thames burst its banks and flooded many parts of central London. It happened just after midnight while people were asleep so they had very little time to react. Fourteen people lost their lives and thousands of people, predominantly those from the poor slum areas, were left homeless.
Read about the the 1928 flood here.
There is now a flood defense constructed across the River Thames called the Thames Barrier which can be used to protect London against flooding caused by tidal surges coming up the river from the North Sea.
I remember visiting a church situated on the coast, not far from Cardiff, with my parents when I was a kid which had been flooded in the past. It was a long time ago and I don’t remember which church it was, though it is most likely one of two, either Peterstone Wentlooge or St Brides Wentlooge. Both churches have plaques which mark the level to which flood water rose during the Great Flood of 1607.
The reason I remember the day trip is because my mother said she could see the ghosts of people in a corner of the church, trying to escape from the flood water. My mother saw ghosts on various occasions, and was always very calm, as if it were a normal experience.
I remember once when we were on holiday in Southern Ireland, in a field where my father and I could only see a herd of cows, my mother could see people dressed as Quakers burying someone. The owner of the farmhouse where we were staying confirmed that the field had been used in the past as a Quaker burial ground.
I sometimes have premonitions; maybe it is something I have inherited from her. The night before the Twin Towers collapsed after being hit by planes in the notorious terrorist attack, I dreamt that I had to go to hospital and have both my legs amputated. The dream was so vivid, that on waking, the first thing I did was to check that my legs were still attached to the rest of my body. Luckily they were. Later when I saw the two towers collapse I realised that my legs were a symbol in the dream for the twin towers.
Was it a coincidence or was it a premonition? Usually when I dream I forget the details immediately on waking up, usually when the dream is linked in some way to something which then happens in the immediate or near future I can remember every little detail of the dream for years to come.