Irish Rumbles

After the Irish Rumbles - © Bernd Biege 2014
After the Irish Rumbles - © Bernd Biege 2014

Jeez … that must be a new record: two days of intermittent thunder and lightning here in Cavan … and the last rumble in the sky lasted no less than two hours! Yesterday the drains backed up, so a quick cleaning was in order. Finished just in time for the next thunderstorm. Which went past with much less rain. And now … all is good:

After the Irish Rumbles - © Bernd Biege 2014
After the Irish Rumbles – © Bernd Biege 2014

Backed-up drains are the major issue in many urban areas. Here in the rural parts the field being washed over the road is more drastic. But both sides of the same coin. As decades, centuries of abuse and bad planning have made this rainiest of all islands incapable of dealing with the one thing we have enough of – rain.

Enough?

So you should think … but without fail water will become scarce again after the deluge. Either because there are actually not enough reservoirs or because the drains overflowed and raw sewage polluted them. Or because a large percentage of Ireland’s drinking water does not go down the drain. Instead it never arrives at the households, leaking from old, broken pipes.

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