The 1960 Devon Flood Story
By Paul Homewood
“Bloke down the pub” sent me this book, which has apparently been knocking around his family archives.
The 32-page booklet was published both to commemorate some of the worst floods in Devon’s history, but also to raise funds for the relief fund, as the Introduction explains:
I have taken a few screenshots to give some of the flavour.
Some of the personal accounts add depth to the story, such as this one:
Of course, flood defences have improved enormously over the years, but what is striking about many of these contemporary accounts is the extent to which people simply took events in their stride and got on with life. Remember that this was only fifteen years after the end of the war, which had brought about infinitely more suffering.
The other thing that hits home is the remarkable community effort that followed. This paragraph sums it up neatly:
Can anybody imagine today’s breed of councillors doing this?
Then we have this heart warming account:
Throughout, people kept their sense of humour:
People realised at the time that floods were natural events, that had happened in the past and would happen again in the future: