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Flood Damage in Porthleven, 1993

NumberHESFM:1994.6154.13
PlacePorthleven Cornwall United Kingdom
Date9.6.1993
KeywordsPorthleven People
PhotographerYockney, Paul
Copyright© Paul Yockney

Damage caused by a flood in Porthleven on 9th June 1993. The photograph show Stanley Richards in his garden on Gibson Way. Mr Richards was a coalman by profession and was known as a keen gardener, often sucessfully entering Kerrier District Council's Gardens Competition. Water from adjacent fields washed through houses on one side of the road and crossed to the houses on Mr Richards' side of the road. Cars could not pass along Gibson Way. On the morning of the flood all roads into Porthleven were cut off to normal traffic by flood water. The Moors were so badly flooded that a person was canoeing on the playing field. In places water was cascading over the harbour head like a waterfall. By the afternoon the waters had subsided.