Oh God is she talking about the weather again???

I had no plan to blog this morning but it is pouring outside and there is no way I am putting on my gumboots and venturing into the storm so forgive me as this post has been put together in haste.  In fact feel free to pass it over completely as all I am going to do is talk about the weather.  Quick rundown.  Rain, rain, weather, flood, weather.  There.  Thanks for stopping by.

Seriously though I know I have been banging on about the weather a lot – I am going to say it again – A LOT – but I deem it necessary.  I am amazed at how little it actually did rain here, I mean considering it was winter and all.  Arriving fresh from a Sydney winter (yes it has now been 6 months and I will get to that post another time) I had nightmares of having to live through another 3 months of cold and rain.

So I did what any google-loving person would do and searched “annual rainfall” in Mersin (why have I never done this before).  It seems that I have been incredibly lucky these past few months.  It should have rained in fact it should have been a “Noah’s Ark 2.0, grab your scuba gear and pray to whatever God it is that you pray to” kind of rain so I am grateful that my first northern hemisphere winter was not the blow-fest it could have been.

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But now it is spring – yahoo – and it is raining, in fact, Mersin has had a bit of a pounding the last few days.  Daughter came home from school yesterday with the news that the water in the playground came up to her knee (today she wore gumboots to school).  I saw a couple of photos on social media sites too where Mersin’s inadequate drainage is blatantly obvious.  The photo below is from The Forum which is my usual Sunday Funday haunt.  The Forum is actually the largest shopping centre along the Mediterranean coast and one would think that when it was being built the engineers would have taken inclement weather into consideration.  Perhaps not.

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Council elections are currently underway and I expect that drainage will become an issue of contention with members of the public in fact last night the local member came to the Village for a meet and greet and was inundated with supporters.  Here are a few photos from last night.  Crazy eh?  Could you imagine that many people turning up to support your local member?

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3 thoughts on “Oh God is she talking about the weather again???

  1. Floods have been rife over here in the UK since the end of last year. My home town and other places in Dorset and Somerset are still inaccessible in places.
    The media has gone quiet, but those affected try to clean up, whilst some insurance companies are looking for ‘loopholes’ not to pay out to those who have lost everything.
    The irony is the councils knew there were problems, but did nothing about it due to cut backs. They blame the Government. The Government in turn blame the Environmental Agency, who bounce it back to the Government.
    Accusatory words are not solving anything. The damage is DONE, lessons should be learned, and action taken. Yet there are still intentions to build on floodplains.
    Drainage (anywhere) is an issue, especially with our changing climate and erratic seasons. If the water has nowhere to go, it can only go up (and in) .
    Good luck!! 🙂

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  2. Reminds me of living in Manila – you were always recommended *not* to get the water onto your bare skin during the (frequent) floods as backed-up drains formed a lot of the content…

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