The flooding as reported on The BBC in Yalding, oh it floods !!!
Well it has flooded most years as it is where 2 rivers meet and has huge food plains the, heart of the village has flooded most years in living memory and will always do so. The people who have lived there more than 5 mins know all about it, its just the poor buggers who have moved in and havent done their home work who get caught out.
The old bakery used to get flooded every year that is why there was no plaster on the walls and flagstone floors when the warning came all the equipment got moved upstairs and baking carried on and the cute little rowing boat out the back rowed bread out and flour in.
It's the same in the west country on Points west they interviewed an old biddy about the flooding (her house was flooded 4' deep) her answer was well what do you expect when you are next to a major river,btw her house was 300+ years old.
The people who have been screwed are those who have purchased a modern house that's has flooded, the local council have refused planing permission as it floods but on appeal it has been over turned by the government. The developers walk away with their pockets full of cash leaving the poor owners shafted.