Congresbury residents devastated as homes flood three times in five days
Homeowners in a North Somerset village are mopping up after being flooded up to four times in eight weeks.
People living in Kent Road, Congresbury, have spent the last 48 hours trying to rid their cottages of the floodwater.
Jane Evans’ cottage was the worst affected, being flooded three times since Wednesday as bad weather battered the south west. It is the fourth time Mrs Evans has seen storm water gush into her property in the last eight weeks, having also suffered flooding in September.
Mrs Evans, a 57-year-old finance officer, woke on Wednesday morning to find the lower sitting room and the kitchen under a foot of water.
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It had seeped into kitchen cupboards and destroyed a new fridge freezer and washing machine Mrs Evans had replaced just weeks ago.
Mrs Evans said: “Some of the furniture had only just been restored following the last flood and I was doing all I could to move it out of the way. Sadly it has been ruined again – I haven’t even got my carpets replaced from the last flood.
“I had only just got rid of the dehumidifiers, fans and blowers to dry out the property and now they are back again.”
Fire crews returned to the cottage again on Thursday evening and on Saturday night to deal with further floods.
Mrs Evans said: “Four of the cottages in my rank were flooded out again three times this week.
“It has been absolutely hideous and I am having to live in the upper part of the sitting room with minimal electricity.”
Residents who have been flooded along Kent Road are planning a meeting this week to look at ways they can press the authorities to take action to stop it from happening again. They believe an overgrown drainage ditch nearby may be to blame.
Although the level of the river Yeo through the village was high, flooding is thought to have been caused by the volume of surface water.
Last night it was being reported that a man who died after his vehicle was swept off a ford in Chew Stoke was a pensioner from London.
The man, named in reports as John McNair, was rescued from his vehicle on Thursday night but attempts to save him failed and he was pronounced dead on arrival at Bristol Royal Infirmary.
Tributes were paid to Mr McNair on the website of his rugby club, Blackheath RFC.
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