It’s not often we in Scotland escape the worst of the winter weather.
If there’s wind, we get it. If there’s rain, we get it. And particularly if there’s snow, we get it.
However, this time it’s the south that’s suffered and, apart from the daily news bulletins, we’ve been largely cocooned from its effects.
But I really began to get an idea of the problems that have been encountered when I took a trip across the border.
Okay, I was only going as far as Leeds and barely encountered a raindrop, but the train I was on was due to go all the way to Exeter only for the weather-related issues to stop it short at Bristol.
And when my colleagues from other parts of the country turned up at the meeting they were full of tales of woe.
It may fill their newspapers but feelings of sympathy expressed for those who are suffering were heartfelt.
We can argue all day long about the rights and wrongs of building in areas known to be at risk of flooding but these discussions can wait for now.
Our priority should be to ensure those affected get back into their homes and businesses as quickly as possible.
Sadly, with the waters continuing to rise, that still seems a distant prospect.