Poor consolation

It seems that Thames Water have, amongst utility companies, a unique touch when it comes to trying to reassure people after flooding. They claim to have done more for those flooded earlier this week than any other water company could, yet also admit that some of the flood-mitigation equipment fitted did not work.

The devices were not 100 per cent successful but they did lessen the amount of water in the homes.

What a great comfort that is. Regardless of whether the flooding is two inches deep or six inches deep, a floor covered by water is just as damaged.