For the second time in three months, heavy rain has brought immediate chaos to Shropshire.
Shropshire was officially the wettest county in England, with 71mm (2.8ins) of rain recorded at Pennerley in a 24 hour period.
Roads were turned into rivers, hollows became lakes, schools were closed, and householders were stranded.
Train services were cancelled and cars had to be abandoned everywhere.
The time has come when we have to stop trying to explain it all away by saying this is just what happens when it rains, and it is something that would have been shrugged off as the normal unfortunate pattern of weather by previous generations.
It is a new, relatively modern phenomenon, for heavy rain to equal flooding at any time of year. So far it has happened twice already in 2012 – in June, and now in September. These are not the floods of rising river levels, but the floods of streams turned into torrents, surface water cascading down hills, and drains which cannot cope.
Householders who have lived in their homes for decades without flood problems have, in recent years, found themselves having to cope with surges of water.
Forecasters say that we have to brace ourselves to the fact that because of changing weather and climate patterns, this is going to happen more often.
In that case, we have to adopt a different approach and outlook, in which we do not treat these problems as the result of ‘freak’weather, but as a new normality which must be prepared for and planned for.
That means housebuilders no longer being given permission to build homes in areas prone to flooding, councils putting more money and effort into keeping drainage clear, and motorists realising that modern saloon cars cannot be driven through waist-high water.