Government support for flood victims is vital
Those who doubt that farming is the ultimate profession of hope need only look west of the Shannon. If the forecasters are correct, residents and businesses have little chance of respite as water levels along the lower River Shannon are due to rise again. And with swathes of the country already flooded in the wake of Storm Desmond, livelihoods are on the line .
Yesterday the national group co-ordinating the response to the floods met. Currently the office of Public Works, the ESB and local authorities all work to monitor and respond. The Defence Forces are also involved.
Obviously, as the water continues to rise it is next to impossible to protect all properties. But with the renewed threat of severe floods it is critical that control is centralised and all emergency responses are coordinated. There was a truism amongst mariners that it is not the storm but how one reacts to it that counts.