Family's home is ruined again...only six months after last flood disaster

Wrecked – Tracy Fisher’s home in San Remo, Canvey has been flooded again

Wrecked – Tracy Fisher’s home in San Remo, Canvey has been flooded again

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FAMILIES fought back tears as their homes were ruined by rainwater...

just six months after the last disaster.

Homes on San Remo Road, on Canvey, were hit by floods last August, but were devastated again after Sunday’s flash flood.

The Fisher and Staines families were forced to move out back then for seven months and only returned in January.

This time Brian Staines, 77, and wife Irene, 69, were on their way to Suffolk for a holiday with their grandchildren when the weather turned. They raced back to the island to try to protect their home, which Brian built in 1966.

Mr Staines, who made an £86,000 claim for flood damage last year, said: “We are in despair. It is just more anguish. This area was a lake for half a mile. I want to know when someone is going to take the responsibility to fix this.”

Mrs Staines said: “I don’t think I can cope with much more and I don’t want to live here any more. I didn’t want to come home. We had it last year and now this.

“The grandchildren, they are seven and nine, theywere upstairs and we ended up getting them down with a ladder.

“Our neighbours, I can’t fault them. They have been fantastic. If I move, I want them all to come with me.”

Neighbour Dave Fisher, 49, managed to move furniture onto tables and the most valuable possessions upstairs, before his ground floor was full of water.

He said: “I’m annoyed it’s happened again. Last time we were told it was a once in a 100 year event and less than a year later here we are again. We are just hoping the insurance people pay out.

They put us in rented accommodation last time.”

His wife, Tracy, 52, said: “I want to sell and leave this house. But what would we tell people who came to view it?

“We put in new windows, new electrics, new doors, new plastering, new central heating, we built our dream home. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to cope this time. I don’t know what we are going to do.”

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12:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

poortaxpayer says...

If you build homes below sea level and then have more rain in a few hours than what normally falls in a whole month of course low lying areas will flood. I can't see how any pump would be able to cope with such a massive amount of rain fall and flooding and be expected to keep the area fully drained.

Recall time spent in Hungary along the Danube and noticing lots of homes near the river were built on stilts as the river regularly bursts its banks - perhaps it is time for new homes in Convey to be built on stilts?
If you build homes below sea level and then have more rain in a few hours than what normally falls in a whole month of course low lying areas will flood. I can't see how any pump would be able to cope with such a massive amount of rain fall and flooding and be expected to keep the area fully drained. Recall time spent in Hungary along the Danube and noticing lots of homes near the river were built on stilts as the river regularly bursts its banks - perhaps it is time for new homes in Convey to be built on stilts? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 5

4:32pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Audioman says...

Stop moaning and move out the insurance company is
going to love you all.
Stop moaning and move out the insurance company is going to love you all. Audioman
  • Score: -7

5:40pm Wed 23 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Thought these people would have learnt after the first flooding, no doubt enjoyed the new, the new appliances, new windows, new furniture all at insurance company's expense, yet here we are again 11 months later, same cries of despair, well if I had a pound for every time a story was repeated on this site, I'd be a millionaire
Thought these people would have learnt after the first flooding, no doubt enjoyed the new, the new appliances, new windows, new furniture all at insurance company's expense, yet here we are again 11 months later, same cries of despair, well if I had a pound for every time a story was repeated on this site, I'd be a millionaire sesibollox
  • Score: -5

2:27pm Thu 24 Jul 14

surreylenny says...

I think you all should be ashamed of yourselves. Do you not think the local council have some responsibility in this by allowing the planning permission for these homes in the first place?
These poor people - and if you have not been through flooding , you have no idea how traumitic it is on every level. It is life changing. The stress is incredible, and can tear families apart.
Our home was flooded back in Febuary this year - built in 1973 and never flooded before! Due to circumstances beyond our control and a cover up by different people in charge and a vast lack of maintenance to sluice gates etc. our much loved bungalow was ruined, after 5 years of our hard work and love and renovating, and it was not ruined by the nearby Thames! It was ground water, and rising drain water that got us. We are still not home all these months later. Do you really think hand on heart that we wanted to make a claim on the insurance - do you really think that we did not want what possessions we had before, and wanted new things. I find a couple of the comments on here very offensive. I hope you never experience what we have been through. But if I had to pick wheher it was me or you next time, well...........
I think you all should be ashamed of yourselves. Do you not think the local council have some responsibility in this by allowing the planning permission for these homes in the first place? These poor people - and if you have not been through flooding , you have no idea how traumitic it is on every level. It is life changing. The stress is incredible, and can tear families apart. Our home was flooded back in Febuary this year - built in 1973 and never flooded before! Due to circumstances beyond our control and a cover up by different people in charge and a vast lack of maintenance to sluice gates etc. our much loved bungalow was ruined, after 5 years of our hard work and love and renovating, and it was not ruined by the nearby Thames! It was ground water, and rising drain water that got us. We are still not home all these months later. Do you really think hand on heart that we wanted to make a claim on the insurance - do you really think that we did not want what possessions we had before, and wanted new things. I find a couple of the comments on here very offensive. I hope you never experience what we have been through. But if I had to pick wheher it was me or you next time, well........... surreylenny
  • Score: 1

5:03pm Thu 24 Jul 14

shoess3 says...

The thing is none of this flooding has been in Shoebury, Southchurch or Old Leigh or any of the other places marked as at risk on the flood maps. All the protection provided tries to address the risk of coastal flooding, but events like that are extremely rare.

What's more common, and as seen in places like Rayleigh, Hockley, Canvey and Rochford in the past 2 years is flooding due to heavy rain, and poor drainage. Most of the blame must lie with the water authorities (who charge extortionate prices for sewage) and local councils for allowing excessive building without upgrading the local sewer infrastructure.
The thing is none of this flooding has been in Shoebury, Southchurch or Old Leigh or any of the other places marked as at risk on the flood maps. All the protection provided tries to address the risk of coastal flooding, but events like that are extremely rare. What's more common, and as seen in places like Rayleigh, Hockley, Canvey and Rochford in the past 2 years is flooding due to heavy rain, and poor drainage. Most of the blame must lie with the water authorities (who charge extortionate prices for sewage) and local councils for allowing excessive building without upgrading the local sewer infrastructure. shoess3
  • Score: 2

8:04am Fri 25 Jul 14

surreylenny says...

shoess3 - yes, I totally agree with you. It is not the poor families fault at all, I really feel for them. So to say " stop moaning and move out" well, has Audioman ever tried to sell a flooded home! Until the whole infrastructure in these low areas has been dealt with - our houses are not worth anywhere near what we paid for them. I am sorry to say that I think this could happen just about anywhere on low lying land, and who knows where it will be next time. I also think that paving over front gardens and removing loads of trees have a huge effect on how the water finds its way across the land. It also seems like us in the Thames Valley were sacrificed to save Windsor and London.
shoess3 - yes, I totally agree with you. It is not the poor families fault at all, I really feel for them. So to say " stop moaning and move out" well, has Audioman ever tried to sell a flooded home! Until the whole infrastructure in these low areas has been dealt with - our houses are not worth anywhere near what we paid for them. I am sorry to say that I think this could happen just about anywhere on low lying land, and who knows where it will be next time. I also think that paving over front gardens and removing loads of trees have a huge effect on how the water finds its way across the land. It also seems like us in the Thames Valley were sacrificed to save Windsor and London. surreylenny
  • Score: 0

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