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The stories of a village underwater

In November 2019 the small Yorkshire village of Fishlake gained national notoriety as the River Don, swollen by unprecedented rainfall, overtopped and flooded a huge swathe of land including over 170 homes and businesses.

As a way of thanking the people and agencies who helped them, as well as raising funds for those communities worst affected, the people of Fishlake decided to document their experiences in the form of a book.

Created entirely by residents of varying ages and professions, with little or no experience or knowledge of producing a work of this magnitude, it is a measure of the resilience and tenacity of  Fishlake folk that it was produced at all.

The book was created at the same time as those working on it navigated their way through the maze of insurance claims and juggled the often extensive repair work to their homes and business, as well as dealing with the impact of the first global pandemic in more than a century.

With over 85 stories and articles presented alongside 350 photos this book tells the full story of the flood: the personal experiences of the residents and businesses affected, the reasons for the flooding, the contributions of those who came to their aid and the royal and political figures who visited.

It is a truly fascinating exploration of what is an increasingly common
symptom of climate change: FLOODING

In November 2019 the small Yorkshire village of Fishlake gained national notoriety as the River Don, swollen by unprecedented rainfall, overtopped and flooded a huge swathe of land including over 170 homes and businesses.

As a way of thanking the people and agencies who helped them, as well as raising funds for those communities worst affected, the people of Fishlake decided to document their experiences in the form of a book.

Created entirely by residents of varying ages and professions, with little or no experience or knowledge of producing a work of this magnitude, it is a measure of the resilience and tenacity of  Fishlake folk that it was produced at all.

The book was created at the same time as those working on it navigated their way through the maze of insurance claims and juggled the often extensive repair work to their homes and business, as well as dealing with the impact of the first global pandemic in more than a century.

With over 85 stories and articles presented alongside 350 photos this book tells the full story of the flood: the personal experiences of the residents and businesses affected, the reasons for the flooding, the contributions of those who came to their aid and the royal and political figures who visited.

It is a truly fascinating exploration of what is an increasingly common symptom of climate change: FLOODING

Looking to buy a copy of the book?

Almost two years in the making, the book was launched on 19 September 2021 with the primary aim of thanking those people and agencies which provided invaluable support to the village both during and after the floods.

As such, we are initially dedicating our efforts and stock to ensure that those people and agencies have been recognised before releasing the book to the general public.

We appreciate your patience in the interim period, and aim to start selling the book through this site very soon.

Please check back in a few days.

Looking to buy a copy of the book?

Almost two years in the making, the book was launched on 19 September 2021 with the primary aim of thanking those people and agencies which provided invaluable support to the village both during and after the floods.

As such, we are initially dedicating our efforts and stock to ensure that those people and agencies have been recognised before releasing the book to the general public.

We appreciate your patience in the interim period, and aim to start selling the book through this site very soon.

Please check back in a few days.

Created with the contributions of nearly 200 people,
the hardback book’s 200 full colour pages contain:

• Over 350 high quality photos, illustrations and diagrams
• An introduction to Fishlake and a little of it’s history
• The build-up to the flood
• The personal experiences of those affected
• The reasons why Fishlake flooded
• The stories of those both locally and nationally that helped
• The effect on the local businesses
• The political and royal visitors
• The aftermath and insurance issues
and finally…
• The more humorous experiences witnessed during the disaster