AW has also suggested that

AW has also suggested that I have belittled the storms that we have had for the last few days. Perhaps I haven’t made myself clear. What I meant was that the gales and winds were nothing compared to 1987. The flooding, on the other hand, is much worse, more like 1988. So yeh, if you are reading this whilst up to your neck in muddy water, then it is pretty bad, and you have my sympathy.