Man left high, and not so dry, in East Wemyss

William Crane
William Crane

An East Wemyss man says he’s now “at his wits end” because of the constant flood threat to his home which has already been under four feet of water.

William Crane, who lives in Cave Cottage at the sea front, has experienced flooding twice in four years and is concerned it could happen again if something is not done soon.

Mr Crane believes that installing storm drains in the sea wall in front of his home would help to reduce the chance of another flood.

But he says the Council, which built the wall several years ago, are not willing to do so because officials have told him the road between his home and the wall is unadopted, so it is not the Council’s responsiblity.

Mr Crane’s life was turned upside down in November 2009 after extremely bad weather hit the whole of the region, causing a blocked up culvert in the village to overflow - straight in to his house.

Commenting, Mr Crane said: “As the water and sewage poured out and towards our homes, the sea wall acted as a dam, which prevented the flood to escape harmlessly into the sea.”

Sadly, Mr Crane says that his insurance company has even threatened to revoke his house insurance because of the flood threat.

In response, Iain Smith, consultant engineer at Fife Council, explained: “Since the sea wall was constructed it has prevented many instances of flooding. The underground drainage system can only hold so much water and under severe storm conditions, or as a result of vandalism can become overloaded.

“The culvert gratings, which prevent debris entering and restricting flow are regularly maintained to keep them clear and working at full capacity. It is each householder’s responsibility to protect their property from flooding.”

Damage caused all over Scotland in Nov 2009

At the beginning of November 2009, the whole of Scotland was battered by heavy rain which caused widespread flooding, not least in Fife.

Just days after the floods hit Fife, the Council wwas highly criticised for its response, with Councillor Tom Adams calling it at the time “horrendous and shocking”.

However in 2011 it stepped up its flood defence programme, identifying hotspots, and just this year, a number of flood pods were installed throughout Fife.