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@CBItweets said earlier that no deal planning is worthwhile because "When you see a storm coming, you still put out sandbags. We'll definitely lose the kitchen but might be able to save the bedroom"

I worked in the insurance industry during 2005. Lets unpick that analogy.
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When a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours in January 2005 it resulted the worst flooding the city of Carlisle experienced in over 200 years. 3 people died in Carlisle & around 3000 were made homeless. 2/ google.com/amp/s/amp.theg…
In the immediate aftermath the Emergency Planning Unit of Cumbria County Council called a multi agency response and established a district control centre to coordinate the efforts of emergency services, voluntary organisation, media and insurance industry adjusters. 3/
Alternative accommodation was hard to find as many local sources (hotels etc.) were also impacted. In fact >350 businesses were closed, some never to reopen. Jobs were lost. 4 local schools were closed. 4/
Power was disrupted and, as flood waters had risen above the ring main height in most damaged properties, even when it was restored there was a related risk to life. 5/.
As the cleanup continued insurers where placing people wherever they could. Some had to travel up to 30 miles- others were placed in caravans- basically every option was being used.

But this still had a huge impact on those who'd been flooded... 6/
Reports were coming in of the toll it was having on mental health. Support workers were dealing with people who had suicidal thoughts due to the upheaval and sense of loss- many lost a life's belongings. 7/
And it takes a LONG time to get resolved. Because that water isn't clean.

The circles bottom left of this shot are filter beds at one of the city's waste water treatment works- completely overwhelmed &, together with the sewer network flooding adding to the problem. 8/
How long? I left the insurance industry not long after the final claims had been settled by the adjusters 3 and a bit years later.

@CBItweets - that's what happens when you have flooding where you "definitely lose the kitchen but save the bedroom" 9/
BUT THIS ISN'T A STORM.

That's a natural disaster, this is a self inflicted catastrophe on a scale many magnitudes more severe and widespread than the tragedy that hit the people of Carlisle.

We don't have to sandbag- we could just #StopBrexitSaveBritain 10/
If we don't and we go ahead and embrace the #CrashOutBrexit storm of our own creation the £100 million and 3+ years it took to rebuild will be small change and a mere moment.

And many, many more will die for Johnson's vanity project. #JustMakeItStop #RevokeA50

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