A major news cycle

Sometimes you watch the news and the same less than significant stories repeat every 15 minutes as the 24 hour a day news channels struggle to capture the imagination.

But not so towards the end of last week when we had the biggest storm surges to hit the East coast since 1954; the chancellor’s autumn statement and the passing of Nelson Mandela in the space of some 48 hours. In my own family a more personal event happened on Friday with the very sad funeral of Lisa’s cousin and close childhood friend who recently lost her long battle against cancer at age 50. It’s often said ‘family comes first’ and it certainly is true to say that even in a period of significant world events they just sort of fad into the background when set against family tragedy. 

Looking back at the storm surge, as a County Councillor I was party to a string of emails over the period from fellow Councillors who were out checking in on effected communities and from the emergency command centre set up at such times and whist it’s commented on by the new reports its quite something when you know significant level of teamwork that goes on by a vast range of people and is to be commended.

For me the thing I took away from the damage was just how well prepared the various agencies were and that flood defences whether enhanced natural or concrete broadly speaking held, the ferocity of the surge was demonstrated no worse than on Cromer’s sea front where chucks of the concrete sea wall were simply smashed away and the pier where I have seen so many great summer shows was given a battering.

Thankfully no one was killed, unlike in 1953, and the property damage was kept to a minimum, not that these facts will be of comfort for those who lost their home, or were flooded out, nor indeed the businesses who have to start again at this vital time of year for trade so close to Christmas.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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