In the early hours of the 13th August 2008, the residents of Freuchie were caught up in an unprecedented flood event. The media widely reported the flooding in Freuchie Mill where 12 homes owned by private residents and Kingdom Housing Association were devastated in spectacular style. Even those Freuchie Mill resident who escaped their homes being flooded were hit when approximately twenty cars were drowned unceremoniously in the heavily silted flood waters!
However, it is less well known that other homes in Freuchie were flooded and many more were within inches of their own tragic story! Even those residents who feel lucky to have escaped flooding will be affected over the coming months as insurance companies reclassify the village to be a flood risk area. In other words, watch the insurance premiums rocket and keep a close eye on the insurance small print as flood cover is reduced or removed by some insurance companies.
The affected residents and those who’re concerned about future flood events have got together to form a flood action group (name still to be announced). This blog, along with other online and offline resources will support the activity of this group, serving the simple single action mission of improved flood protection and prevention for the residents of Freuchie.
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