I spent my 'formative years' as a teenager living in the UK Midlands town of Bewdley... a very old town on the River Severn, one of the UKs biggest rivers. Bewdley was very important as it was the highest navigable point on the river, so goods were unloaded there and taken by horse and cart to their destination... or back down the river. Bewdley once boasted the most pubs-per-population in the UK... and was a thriving commercial hub back in the days. However, the River Severn would flood regularly so in 2006, at a cost of £7 million, flood defences were built to withstand the '100 year flood'. This happened up and down the Severn in many other towns as well. These defences have now been breeched... and my old mum lives down near the river in her new place we bought her after dad died a few years ago. River levels haven't peaked yet... and more rain is expected in the river's catchment area. It's a worrying time for me and my siblings. BBC Report: Bewdley flooding: Residents evacuated as flood defences breach And further up-stream at Ironbridge... the home of Thomas Telford's famous bridge... the first one made from iron. I like prosaic town names!