The first is the almost "taken for granted" fact that current extreme storms and rainfall has caused flooding in the region- this is becoming the "new normal" but still of course hitting the headlines. With more rain forecast for this weekend, I would imagine that residents in TalyBont and other villages in the surrounding area like DolyBont are on high alert- flood warnings are of course have been in place for over a week.
short news article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-35002309
The second story makes a local/global link, connecting COP21 climate change summit talks with the villages under threat from coastal erosion, on the Welsh coastline. Borth, the second major settlement in our case study "patch", is of course one of the villages identified as at risk in Shoreline Management Plans. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-34985881
Over the Autumn different artistic/community projects commissioned as part of Cymerau's year of participatory activities have explored these themes and produced some incredible pieces of work involving the commmunity, with many artists blogging about their projects on this site. As i mentioned in my previous blog, local communities are living daily with negotiating the impact of water- particularly relating to river and coastal flooding. This is again pretty much a "new normal". The Cymerau/Hydrocitizenship project doing important work through creatively exploring these issues through participatory arts processes, enabling local communities to express how they feel about water.
By Alex Plows