FLOOD – the stories of a village underwater


A book documenting the stories from the 2019 flood in the Yorkshire village of Fishlake.

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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 more than 170 homes and businesses.

As a way of thanking the people and agencies who helped them, as well as raising funds for those 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


Hardback book containing 204 full colour pages
Dimensions: 250 x 351 x 18mm (W x H x D)