Theresa Coffey blamed the wrong sort of rain for the Storm Babet chaos – 17 hurricane force comebacks
Environment secretary Theresa Coffey – no, stick with us, please – has been before MPs attempting to defend the country’s apparently pisspoor preparations for dealing with the flooding brought on by Storm Babet.
You know, the storm that is thought to have left at least seven people dead, left hundreds homeless and flooded around 1,250 properties in England.
And Coffey’s top line excuse appeared to be – no laughing at the back – that it was the wrong kind of rain.
Environment Secretary Therese Coffey on why better assets were not in place to help residents hit by floods:
— Best for Britain (@BestForBritain) October 24, 2023
“One of the things that happened particularly with Storm Babet is that we are very good with the Met Office and the Environment Agency’s flood forecasting at predicting weather normally because most of our rain tends to come in from the west. We’ve got that pretty much down to a fine art.
“This was rain coming from the other way and we don’t have quite as much experience on that.
“Therefore our accuracy of predicting where such heavy rain would fall was not to the same degree as if it had been.”
And it prompted no end of responses, as you might imagine, and these people surely said it best.
If Therese Coffey tried to tell me that the floods were caused by some rain sneaking up behind us I would simply push her the fuck over x https://t.co/Ozv3EBlVQP
— Buckers (@deathofbuckley) October 24, 2023
GET THIS WOMAN OUT OF GOVERNMENT IMMEDIATELY https://t.co/NFSseZzSbj
— Mike Holden (@MikeHolden42) October 24, 2023
Please can someone fact check whether or not rain cares which direction it came from once it hits the ground and enters a river? https://t.co/Q8woVIqo1w
— HENRY MORRIS (@mrhenrymorris) October 24, 2023
“We’ve been rained on from the east” pic.twitter.com/aYlTjfX8H9
— HENRY MORRIS (@mrhenrymorris) October 25, 2023
“What you’ve got there, mate, is your eastern rain. Tricky stuff, that. Very tricky. Going to cost at least three times what it would have done for western rain.” https://t.co/x7jgaJbP3H
— Oonagh (@Okeating) October 24, 2023
“ all our buckets were facing the wrong way” https://t.co/amACusAMwC
— Rob B (@RobBfromDerby) October 24, 2023
— Graeme Demianyk (@GraemeDemianyk) October 24, 2023
My god. These people are in charge. Can you just possibly imagine if we, god forbid, were attacked. https://t.co/cN8dRzjKLN
— Dianne Bancroft (@DianneBancroft) October 24, 2023