As Houses Drown On Floodplains...Sandbags Turn Into Gold Dust

Floods have turned the Butterworth family home in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, into a wading pool five times this year. Now, there's a moving van outside the 30-year-old house they've occupied for eight years, built on the floodplain of the River Rother. The family is unlikely to return after a six-month house refurbishment paid for by insurance, even though selling the property--it went on the market this summer, asking price $320,000--seems impossible. "Five times in a year is not an act of God. It's someone's negligence," says Hilary Butterworth. "I think we'll take legal action."

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