This is from an e-mail from one of the members that Christian grew close to when he served in Kent:
"I just thought you may be interested to know that the U.K. hasn't had rain as bad as this since 1760. We've had constant rain since Dec 24th 2013 minus a few hours respite here and there. I've been keeping an eye on the weather in Norwich and it's not one of the hardest hit areas in England. The SW of England has taken the brunt of the rain, gales & flooding. We have another 3 storms waiting to hit England from tonight into next week but again it's the SW that will be the hardest hit.
So Christian is in England during an historic weather event...
Hope the weather is calmer in SLC and you and your family are happy & well."
from Jen: Here are some pictures I found on the internet that show the flooding in parts of the UK. I also found a story about how Princes William and Harry were out helping crews sandbag in areas affected by the flooding. When reporters gathered around firing questions at them, one of the royals said something like, "Why don't you put down your cameras and come help instead of just standing there?"
from a report in USA Today, February 2014:
"England, which has been lashed by wind and rain since December, had its wettest January since records began in 1766, and the rain has continued this month. Storms this week have brought wind gusts of more than 100 mph (160 kph).
Floods have drenched the southwestern coast of England, the low-lying Somerset Levels and the Thames Valley west of London, where hundreds of properties have been swamped after the river burst its banks.
Another bout of gale-force winds hit the country Friday, bringing large waves and up to 1.6 inches (4 centimeters) of rain.
As winds gusted at up to 80 mph (130 kph), landslips and fallen trees caused havoc on the rail network, and some arriving flights were diverted from London's Heathrow to other airports amid fierce bouts of wind.
Peter Willison of the Environment Agency said Friday's rainfall would send waters on the Thames and other rivers even higher, flooding hundreds more properties."