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Boscastle, Cornwall, almost 7 years after the flood.

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We have just spent a few days in North Devon & Cornwall and one of the places we visited was Boscastle.

Many of you will remember the TV programme ‘A Seaside Parish’ back in 2003, the filming continued when the dreadful flood occurred in August 2004.

The torrential rain led to a 2m (7ft) rise in river levels in one hour. It’s estimated that 440 million gallons of water flowed through Boscastle that day alone.

75 cars, 5 caravans, 6 buildings and several boats were washed into the sea, about 100 homes and businesses were destroyed. Thankfully, there was no loss of life.

A Vsitor Centre has since been built, with assistance from The National Trust who own much of the land in and around Boscastle, where video footage of that terrible August day may be seen.

To give an idea of just how high the water rose, the green arrow on the wall, above my 6’ 2" OH points to the flood level. It is staggering to stand there and try to imagine the horror of that day.

Over the years since that day, many improvements have been made, from renewing the culverts, demolishing bridges and building new ones, to raising the car park level.

I have accidentally deleted the photo of the building mentioned in the above plaque,but I think the words say it all really. The people of Boscastle should be proud of themselves for re-building their village.

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Good blog Shirley, very informative. I was there myself six months ago and I agree with all your sentiments, you have a job to believe what happened

9 Apr, 2011

 

It is amazing a place can suffer so much damage with no loss of life and be restored to be such a lovely village once again.

Enjoyed your blog, Shirley...a nice part of the UK to visit.

9 Apr, 2011

 

The road down to the village is so narrow, makes you wonder how the lorries with the building equipment got through!

9 Apr, 2011

 

Pleased you liked this, Jacquie. I remember so well watching this on TV, just couldn't believe the power of the flood water!

9 Apr, 2011

 

So interesting,Shirley..we all remember it well,and its nice to see it rebuilt,and they are able to get on with their lives..we have never been,but hopefully,one day..

9 Apr, 2011

 

We live on the other coast, & it was a beautiful summer day, apart from the surrounding area of Boscastle, which unbeknown to us & elsewhere, was having this tremendous storm. Imagine our horror to hear on local radio what was happening.
The cottage you show was always known as Pixie cottage, a cute little gift shop, the most photographed in Cornwall, now a tea room. Notice it has been rebuilt with a sagging roof, as it originally had.

9 Apr, 2011

 

Hi Shirley - Thanks for your pictures - they are very informative. Despite the TV coverage which was very good, it's hard to believe that it really happened.

10 Apr, 2011

 

Lovely to see the regeneration of the area after the terrible devastation. Cream teas all round!

10 Apr, 2011

 

Thank you for the blog on Boscastle it looks great again now, they have done a wonderful job, well done Boscastle people and their friends.

10 Apr, 2011

 

I notice you got a bit of the hair pin bend there on the first picture what a bend for drivers :o)) I was there shortly after this happened, they had just started fixing the houses along that strip which leads to the sea last but one photo one of the ladies house that was effected was a lovely lady and she had a lovely garden too. All was not well after with some of the people one of the shop owners who owned the jewelery shop was nt pleased as the hotel go a lot of publicity on the tv and they were not touched by the flood and it was his shop that took most of the brunt of it all along with others in the village. My x boyfriend and I found the shop on the right going up the hill by the car park at rear very rude to the extent he walked out and told them they were so rude too. Wonderful photos and a lovely place to visit minus the one shop. lol

10 Apr, 2011

 

Hi there, I've had many a lovely trip to boscastle, before and after the flood. It's good to see the town looking great again, and the facilities greatly improved. Do take time to visit the pottery if you go, I can't resist buying mugs there, so beautiful.....( I am a potter and I am rubbish a throwing on a wheel).

Happy gardening.

10 Apr, 2011

 

i remember that shirley, awfull and cant begin to imagine what it must have been like for the residents there, its a beautifull place and the cottage is wonderfull, glad it was rebuilt, great pics :o))

10 Apr, 2011

 

Bloomer, you've got to hand it to the residents and National Trust for achieving so much after the flood. ....
Pam, isn't it clever to have built it with the 'olde worlde' look? : o ) .... Mariek, I agree, it is difficult to conceive this ever happened now. .... Nariz, I was a good girl & only had one cream tea! ... Oliveoil, I couldn't agree more, they've worked wonders. : o ) .... Sixpence, Shame you weren't happy with the one shopkeeper. We only went for a coffee and the staff were very welcoming. : o ) .... Thechicken ... there were some lovely pottery items, sadly, a bit too expensive! .... Glad you liked the pics, San. It's so strange to stand there and think just how awful it must have been.

10 Apr, 2011

 

I remember that flood seeing it on the tv . I'm pleased to see the place has been regenerated now.
Did you enjoy N. Devon ? My Grampa's family came from there :)

10 Apr, 2011

 

Did I enjoy it, Hywel? I loved it, loved it, loved it !!! : o )))

10 Apr, 2011

 

lol - good :) I like it there too, but I am biased

10 Apr, 2011

 

All the other shops were nice just the one think it was a post office I recall the car park was at the rear of it, my x went mad and shouted how rude they were. lol.

10 Apr, 2011

 

nice blog Shirley.... glad you had a nice time in cornwall...i remember when it was flooded...

11 Apr, 2011

 

We were very lucky with the weather, Holly, just one rainy morning. It's bound to change now that the schools have broken up for the Easter holidays! : o ((

11 Apr, 2011

 

looks that way... just saw the weather its meant to rain rest of week.... i hope not....

11 Apr, 2011

 

It's forcast sunny all day tomorrow here in Cornwall Shirley :o))) but ~~~ showers the rest of the week. Glad you enjoyed your holiday here, have to look me up next time lol.

11 Apr, 2011

 

We'll be back as soon as we are able, Pam! Will definitely visit you. : o )

11 Apr, 2011

 

Hi Shirley, enjoyed your blog, really interesting, i was there years ago when my children were little so cant remember that much about the place itself...but i do remember the floods, so nice to see the regeneration of the town..

11 Apr, 2011

 

I still can't believe the height the water rose to .......

11 Apr, 2011

 

Isnt it lovely to see they have rebuilt the buildings in the same style as those lost. I last visited after the flood and was shocked how many had been lost.

13 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks for the photos and update...
I love the hills and rivers ..
good that people can gradually get their lives back to normal...

13 Apr, 2011

 

Indeed, Sandygirl, it's a credit to the villagers. : o ) ... Terra, the scenery was wonderful, we really wanted to stay much longer than just five days.

13 Apr, 2011

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