What single item would you save from a flood?
In tonight's show we feature Sylvia Mason at the height of the floods. She has had to abandon her flat to the rising water. Her tears are not being shed for her wrecked home but for one single item that she holds most dear.
She's desperately worried that the military medal and citation that her son Russ was awarded for service in Iraq has been claimed by the floods. If the currents haven't carried the medal off she has a fighting chance of finding it amongst the debris, but the ink on the citation will not have survived. She is not optimistic.
It begs the question what could you really not live without? Even on Desert Island Discs you get to select music, a book and a luxury. But what if with little or no notice you had to pick only one thing to save?
I look forward to hearing what precious item you'd rescue - just leave a comment on this blog.
Amongst all the chaos in Cumbria we saw an RSPCA officer reunite Kerry the dog with his owner.
In our film a labrador is wading through the murky waters as his owner calls him from afar. So for me the thing I'd grab in a hurry would be my cats. Goodness knows how I'd actually carry them to safety. Henry is a scaredy-cat and George, who has already featured on Inside Out, can wriggle for Britain.
If we disregard living things then my choice would probably be a crammed-to-bursting file that I've been using to collate my family history. Both my parents have passed away so this would be a much treasured box with lots of old photos and mementos in it. Truly irreplaceable.
Thinking about this actually makes you take a long hard look at what's important in life. Certainly not the latest DVD player or massive plasma screen.
So what of Sylvia? We followed her as she got back into her home for the first time. Below you can watch the moment we captured on camera as she entered the lounge and discovered to her relief that the water hadn't made it up the wall as far as the framed medal.
In her own words as she stood in her trashed living room:
"I don't care about the rest".
I hope that feeling sees her through the months ahead as she tries to turn her devastated flat back into a home.