Image of Alfie sums up spirit of Canvey

Alfie Huckle – helping out

Alfie Huckle – helping out

First published in News by

A SCHOOLBOY in his wellies with a broom in hand, helping out his neighbours on the first day of the summer holidays, is exactly the kind of community spirit that sums up Canvey.

Alfie Huckle, ten, thought nothing of getting outside to help clean up the street after the flash floods and his attitude could be seen across Canvey yesterday morning.

He excitedly told me: “I saw goldfish swim down the street as some people’s ponds had overflown. I wasn’t scared this time as there wasn’t as much thunder. Last time, people came out to help and I wanted to do the same.”

Neighbours helped clear out driveways, swept roads and sent over food parcels to those who had been affected by the floods.

People told me the police helicopter had circled overheard on Sunday, the council kept the streetlights on and firefighters pumped water from people’s homes.

But on Monday it was a different story, with only residents to be seen as the clean-up began and in typical Canvey Islander fashion, residents were keen to simply get on with the job.

In spite of the damage, many, rather than looking for someone to blame, pulled up their sleeves.

However, questions remain over why the island’s drainage systems failed and how the infrastructure will cope if more houses are built.

It is sad that, for an island with some of the best coastal sea defences, lives are being devastated by rain.

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2:31pm Wed 23 Jul 14

iknowbetter says...

Actually for once the Echo has summed it up nicely., well done and top job Alfie. My mother !lives on Canvey and she tells me she has been inundated with kind gestures of help from other residents. Nice to see the Canvey community spirit is as strong as ever during such difficult times. Many of those offers came from people still trying to make good the destruction caused to their own homes.
Actually for once the Echo has summed it up nicely., well done and top job Alfie. My mother !lives on Canvey and she tells me she has been inundated with kind gestures of help from other residents. Nice to see the Canvey community spirit is as strong as ever during such difficult times. Many of those offers came from people still trying to make good the destruction caused to their own homes. iknowbetter
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4:18pm Wed 23 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

We'll done Alfie you are what your generation are really about you have the British spirit that has got this country through bad times and good times.

Let this be a lesson to others seeking to be British, when the going gets tough the tough get going.

We don't branch off into helping the selective few just because we are the same colour or religion we help all British citizens regardless of religion or colour.

We need more examples like this and how Canvey residents pulled together.
We'll done Alfie you are what your generation are really about you have the British spirit that has got this country through bad times and good times. Let this be a lesson to others seeking to be British, when the going gets tough the tough get going. We don't branch off into helping the selective few just because we are the same colour or religion we help all British citizens regardless of religion or colour. We need more examples like this and how Canvey residents pulled together. alarminstaller
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