Flooding in Cumbria - after the deluge
Even as a TV journalist it can still seem surreal to see places you know feature in the national news.
I've had that feeling overnight with the floods that have engulfed Cumbria, and Cockermouth in particular.
I lived close to the town for more than 20 years, growing up and going to school there.
My parents and my daughter still live nearby.
So to see the town centre turned into a river was both surreal and worrying.
Luckily, my family are fine. My mum and dad live on the top of a hill, so it would have needed a Noah-like deluge to affect them.
My daughter lives away from the major rivers but some of her school friends could well be at one of the emergency reception centres in Keswick.
Of course if you live in Cumbria, you get used to it being wet.
Every time I return there I'm reminded that the default autumn and winter weather is driving horizontal rain.
But although I saw some localised flooding over the years I lived there, there was never anything that resembled the scenes overnight.
The local MP Tony Cunningham and the Prime Minister have called it a one-in-a-thousand-year event.
Perhaps, but it seems some part of our region has suffered one of these incredibly rare floods every year.
Morpeth and other parts of Northumberland last year, Carlisle in 2005 being the most serious.
There's no question the Government is now spending more on flood defences than it used to - even William Hague acknowledged that when I interviewed him today.
But the question is, does climate change mean that more must be spent to prevent floods rather than just improving defences after the deluge?
Or will it always prove impossible to predict which community will be hit next, and therefore simply unaffordable to protect them all?
We're looking to take the Politics Show to Cumbria on Sunday to reflect the seriousness of this story and the debate that is inevitably starting.
But of course first and foremost, this is about making sure the people that are affected are safe.
With more rain forecast in Cumbria this weekend, this crisis is far from over.