We don't get many typhoons here. We're a fair way inland and North of the main typhoon target areas.
But today we're getting torrential rain.
It's BUCKETING down.
The rivers are up.
The gutters are overflowing.
There is a heavy rain warning and flooding advisory (lesser than a warning but be cautious). And the bizarre thing about all this water?
We may run out of water.
Our water purification centre uses river water.
On normal river flow it copes just fine.
When the river is all churned up with mud and running fast it can't cope and the filters get blocked up.
Then they turn the water off to the houses and just let the river water flow on by. Untreated and unused.
So all day today while I am jumpy and nervous and awaiting a landslide (not because a warning or even an advisory came out for our area but just because I like to worry myself into knots about things I can't control) the in house PA has been going off. I jump up and run into the corridor (all the better to hear of my impending peril) and it is a half hourly notice from the water board
"This is Matsumoto Water Board. The heavy rain is churning the river and the water purification centre is straining. Please conserve water. Thank you for your co-operation."
They are quite serious about it as they are using the inside PA, the outside PA and noise trucks.
I know it's important.
I know no-one wants to go without water.
But please, when people are jumpy and nervous they don't need the emergency PA system working quite so actively on a non-emergency matter!
Amy very solemnly offered to forego her bath to conserve water.
I equally seriously assured her that bathing children who have just eaten natto is considered an essential use of resources.
Here's to a sunny tomorrow!