The recent heavy rains have taught the Balearics a lesson, the present drainage system needs to be overhauled to avoid the massive amount of flooding. A fair comment, no doubt. The only problem is that I have made this comment at least 10 times over the last five years and still the island is flooded every time there is a heavy downpour. The scenes at Palma airport last Saturday in which travellers had to literally splash their way into the terminal building with heavy luggage cannot be repeated. And before you say that heavy rains are not usual at this time of the year I would remind you that there is even a name for them in the Majorcan language, literally the Cold Drop which hit Majorca at this time of the year. Granted the rains have come earlier this year but that is still not an excuse for properly fixing the drainage system. Also, I watched in amazement as thousands of litres of rain was allowed to just pour into the sea. Okay, if the island had a surplus of water then it wouldn't be a problem but it doesn't. Just ask the Balearic government which has been forced to spend millions of euros on desalination plants. You can't blame the present administration for the drainage problems; this state of affairs stretches way back to the days when the islands were ruled by the Partido Popular. Before the Balearic government starts embarking on any more ambitious programmes to radically overhaul the islands they should make sure that their house is in order. Start from the bottom and work up. Once the drains are fixed then check the roof. I know drains aren't exactly vote winners but they are vitally needed.