this really isnt meant as a personal dig at anyone, espically given the misfortune of a lot of people. but dont people research their new intended houses before they bought/ moved in?
I checked for flooding risk, land slips, subsidance, underground tunneling etc etc etc before buying my place.
Yep, all good advice and what the vast majority of people do when buying a house although it is of course no guarantee that a natural disaster won't strike.
As pointed out above areas that haven't flooded before or for an extremely long time have flooded this time - the flooding patterns in Herefordshire for example are very unusual (and I can't help but think are related to the flood defences for a new supermarket!).
I'm feeling a bit guilty though because Herefordshire does not appear to be nearly as badly affected as Gloucestershire and parts of Worcestershire (although this will be irrelevant to people whose homes are flooded wherever they are).
Still haven't been able to go home either although I have heard that the septic tank is on top of rather than underneath the garden - should have some beautiful if not particularly fragrant roses next year.