The most flooded town


There’s been a lot of flooding this autumn and early winter but if I were to ask which area/place is the most flooded, where would you say? South Yorkshire? Somerset? areas which have both been beset with burst rivers in the last couple of years, or what about Hebden Bridge [my old home] that’s been badly flooded at least three times that I know of. Would it surprise you to know that the most flooded town is Looe in South Cornwall, it regularly floods 4-8 times a year. The harbour town, known for its fishing, where all the Cornish chefs come for the daily catch, is a typical Cornish coastal town with tiny streets that lead down to a harbour, the walls of which can be covered by a high Spring tide. And with increasing bad weather and winds the Environment agency reckon Looe could be flooded up to 14 times in 2020. Yet Government flood funding is allocated to areas that are more densely populated and only limited funds arrive in Looe putting pressure on local councils and private business to make up the money. For a shocking look at numbers read this article 

When I look out of my window across Whitsand Bay I can see Looe across on the other side [see the view above]. In the morning when the sun rises in the east the rays catch the glass in the windows of the houses and the light twinkles then, as night falls, the lights go on and start to shine across the bay, which is rather magical.

There hasn’t been that much sun, we have had constant rain for the last few weeks with maybe one dry day dotted about and the forecast up to Christmas is heavy rain. The fields are saturated and there are rivers running down the roads into over full drainage. Whilst on the other side of the world they are seeing the hottest days and out of control bush fires.

So it won’t be a happy Christmas for many people but if you can stay dry and warm then consider yourself one of the lucky ones.


Cabin Envy

Fancy this Shepherd’s Hut for Christmas? Well you can have it because it’s available at Acorn Farm in Devon. A woodland camp, Acorn Farm has log burners and hot water bottles to keep you toasty and no wifi, so you can hide away from the world outside, and lets face it who wouldn’t want to do that!

About Ruth

I am an actor and theatre maker, I moved down to the SW of England 20 years ago with my partner and son. Ten years ago we bought a chalet on the Rame Peninsula and are fully embracing life of the cliff.
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