Couple refit home after £100k of flood damage... then it starts raining

Janet and Vincent Barringer

Janet and Vincent Barringer

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A COUPLE praised more than 30 neighbours as “angels” after they rushed to help when their home was flooded for the second time in less than a year.

Vincent and Janet Barringer watched in horror as water poured into their home, in Victoria Avenue, Rayleigh, on Sunday.

They were still putting right some of the £100,000 flood damage they suffered in last August’s flash floods.

Mr Barringer, 71, looked on in disbelief as the water rose 15 inches up his front door in the space of half an hour.

He said: “I was thinking, ‘Oh no, I don’t believe it. Not again.’ It started seeping through the front door and the back and into the kitchen.

“It was six inches in the house in half an hour or less.

“We were in despair. We didn’t knowwhat to do. We tried to get stuff out of the way.

“Then I looked out of the window and I couldn’t believe it. There was a little girl in the driveway – it really choked me up to see it.

“She had a broom and she and her dad were trying to sweep the water back. Then, all of a sudden, the numbers started to grow and people came from everywhere.”

Mrs Barringer said: “It was like angels had flown down. It was just amazing.”

The couple only knew one of the good Samaritans, who used brooms, buckets and a pump to clear the water.

Despite neighbours’ best efforts, the couple’s newly-refitted kitchen, hallway, bathroom and living room have been ruined again.

They spent six-and-a-half months in temporary accommodation after last August’s flash floods, caused by drains which were unable to cope.

Now they have had to book back into the Premier Inn, in Rayleigh.

The couple had still not got around to putting inanew fireplace or re-hanging family pictures after last year’s flood.

They spent Sunday evening tearing up carpets which had only been laid five months before.

Mr Barringer, a retired print worker, said: “I’m in despair really. To have it twice in a year I just don’t know what to do. Have we got to move?

“We can’t have this happening every year. So far we seem to have spent our retirement clearing up.

“The last year has been the most traumatic in our married lives.”

However, Mr Barringer said the community’s support had kept them going, adding: “It’s difficult to express how grateful I am.”

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7:54am Wed 23 Jul 14

SARFENDMAN says...

This is heart breaking to see that this couple had to relive flooding nightmare. Guess the positives are the kind neighbours who really must have at least been a bright light in such dark times.
This is heart breaking to see that this couple had to relive flooding nightmare. Guess the positives are the kind neighbours who really must have at least been a bright light in such dark times. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 15

8:21am Wed 23 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Overnight, someone has been posting as me on this website. Usually this moron posts under my name with perhaps a digit or two wrong but this time they have posted under my exact name.

The post appeared on the noisy biker story among a lot of other pseudonyms. I believe this to be the work of resident idiot I Hate the Police, who masquerades under several other pseudonyms and is distinct by bad spelling, zero punctuation and grammar.

Anybody who has read and responded to this, believing it to be me is just as thick and I therefore regard you with similar contempt.

This is yet another attempt to scare me off posting and yet again, has fallen flat on its face.

I will continue to post here, regardless of idiots who try to emulate me. And if you numpties cannot recognise the difference between my prose and this braindead's usual ill spelt, ill thought out drivel, then you are just as stupid, aren't you John Right and co.

Just thought I'd point it out as you are all obviously as thick as a brick.
Overnight, someone has been posting as me on this website. Usually this moron posts under my name with perhaps a digit or two wrong but this time they have posted under my exact name. The post appeared on the noisy biker story among a lot of other pseudonyms. I believe this to be the work of resident idiot I Hate the Police, who masquerades under several other pseudonyms and is distinct by bad spelling, zero punctuation and grammar. Anybody who has read and responded to this, believing it to be me is just as thick and I therefore regard you with similar contempt. This is yet another attempt to scare me off posting and yet again, has fallen flat on its face. I will continue to post here, regardless of idiots who try to emulate me. And if you numpties cannot recognise the difference between my prose and this braindead's usual ill spelt, ill thought out drivel, then you are just as stupid, aren't you John Right and co. Just thought I'd point it out as you are all obviously as thick as a brick. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -19

8:33am Wed 23 Jul 14

Happy Chickie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Overnight, someone has been posting as me on this website. Usually this moron posts under my name with perhaps a digit or two wrong but this time they have posted under my exact name.

The post appeared on the noisy biker story among a lot of other pseudonyms. I believe this to be the work of resident idiot I Hate the Police, who masquerades under several other pseudonyms and is distinct by bad spelling, zero punctuation and grammar.

Anybody who has read and responded to this, believing it to be me is just as thick and I therefore regard you with similar contempt.

This is yet another attempt to scare me off posting and yet again, has fallen flat on its face.

I will continue to post here, regardless of idiots who try to emulate me. And if you numpties cannot recognise the difference between my prose and this braindead's usual ill spelt, ill thought out drivel, then you are just as stupid, aren't you John Right and co.

Just thought I'd point it out as you are all obviously as thick as a brick.
Are you able to actually comment on the story in question? Just in case you can't read, this is not about Kim Gandy, or an outlet for you to post your usual rubbish and whinging and vile ranting, it is about a retired couple who have been flooded twice.

You really are a piece of work.

Back to the story...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Overnight, someone has been posting as me on this website. Usually this moron posts under my name with perhaps a digit or two wrong but this time they have posted under my exact name. The post appeared on the noisy biker story among a lot of other pseudonyms. I believe this to be the work of resident idiot I Hate the Police, who masquerades under several other pseudonyms and is distinct by bad spelling, zero punctuation and grammar. Anybody who has read and responded to this, believing it to be me is just as thick and I therefore regard you with similar contempt. This is yet another attempt to scare me off posting and yet again, has fallen flat on its face. I will continue to post here, regardless of idiots who try to emulate me. And if you numpties cannot recognise the difference between my prose and this braindead's usual ill spelt, ill thought out drivel, then you are just as stupid, aren't you John Right and co. Just thought I'd point it out as you are all obviously as thick as a brick.[/p][/quote]Are you able to actually comment on the story in question? Just in case you can't read, this is not about Kim Gandy, or an outlet for you to post your usual rubbish and whinging and vile ranting, it is about a retired couple who have been flooded twice. You really are a piece of work. Back to the story... Happy Chickie
  • Score: 19

9:00am Wed 23 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

Tragic, a real shame for this couple who deserve better.

Owning property as you get older is not always all that it is cracked up to be.

Selling after two floods is going to be difficult if not impossible, insuring the home is going to be expensive.

To completely renew all the damage is going to take a great deal of their savings which ultimately puts there future financial state in question.

Good luck to them, they are going to need luck after a lifetime of saving paying a mortgage it is all slipping away, sad very sad.
Tragic, a real shame for this couple who deserve better. Owning property as you get older is not always all that it is cracked up to be. Selling after two floods is going to be difficult if not impossible, insuring the home is going to be expensive. To completely renew all the damage is going to take a great deal of their savings which ultimately puts there future financial state in question. Good luck to them, they are going to need luck after a lifetime of saving paying a mortgage it is all slipping away, sad very sad. alarminstaller
  • Score: 6

10:39am Wed 23 Jul 14

cg1blue says...

The travesty is they dont live near any rivers or the coast, or in a flood plain. This is purely down to poor maintenance of the local drainage system, making it incapable of coping with downpours.
Essentially the authorities are responsible for devaluing these properties, and causing financial and emotional trauma for a couple who were hoping to enjoy retirement
The travesty is they dont live near any rivers or the coast, or in a flood plain. This is purely down to poor maintenance of the local drainage system, making it incapable of coping with downpours. Essentially the authorities are responsible for devaluing these properties, and causing financial and emotional trauma for a couple who were hoping to enjoy retirement cg1blue
  • Score: 6

1:08pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Happy Chickie says...

cg1blue wrote:
The travesty is they dont live near any rivers or the coast, or in a flood plain. This is purely down to poor maintenance of the local drainage system, making it incapable of coping with downpours.
Essentially the authorities are responsible for devaluing these properties, and causing financial and emotional trauma for a couple who were hoping to enjoy retirement
True enough. I think they should go after the council for help cleaning up and replacing belongings.

Such a shame after being flooded once before.

I hope everything works out for them.
[quote][p][bold]cg1blue[/bold] wrote: The travesty is they dont live near any rivers or the coast, or in a flood plain. This is purely down to poor maintenance of the local drainage system, making it incapable of coping with downpours. Essentially the authorities are responsible for devaluing these properties, and causing financial and emotional trauma for a couple who were hoping to enjoy retirement[/p][/quote]True enough. I think they should go after the council for help cleaning up and replacing belongings. Such a shame after being flooded once before. I hope everything works out for them. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 3

1:45pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

I have ignored your comments and have now got the matter cleared up I refer to the story above.

It's lovely to see so many people are good hearted and came to the aid of this couple. Just goes to show, out there in the Real World, away from the Echo website, that there are good and decent people who weren't dragged up and were well adjusted enough to lend a hand, which I definitely would had I been their neighbour.

That's the true English bulldog spirit coming out. It is still there and thankfully the majority of people are good hearted and helpful in a crisis.
I have ignored your comments and have now got the matter cleared up I refer to the story above. It's lovely to see so many people are good hearted and came to the aid of this couple. Just goes to show, out there in the Real World, away from the Echo website, that there are good and decent people who weren't dragged up and were well adjusted enough to lend a hand, which I definitely would had I been their neighbour. That's the true English bulldog spirit coming out. It is still there and thankfully the majority of people are good hearted and helpful in a crisis. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

2:58pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Happy Chickie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I have ignored your comments and have now got the matter cleared up I refer to the story above.

It's lovely to see so many people are good hearted and came to the aid of this couple. Just goes to show, out there in the Real World, away from the Echo website, that there are good and decent people who weren't dragged up and were well adjusted enough to lend a hand, which I definitely would had I been their neighbour.

That's the true English bulldog spirit coming out. It is still there and thankfully the majority of people are good hearted and helpful in a crisis.
"Just goes to show, out there in the Real World, away from the Echo website, that there are good and decent people who weren't dragged up and were well adjusted enough to lend a hand, which I definitely would had I been their neighbour"

Still can't help yourself can you? Get help, you know you need it.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I have ignored your comments and have now got the matter cleared up I refer to the story above. It's lovely to see so many people are good hearted and came to the aid of this couple. Just goes to show, out there in the Real World, away from the Echo website, that there are good and decent people who weren't dragged up and were well adjusted enough to lend a hand, which I definitely would had I been their neighbour. That's the true English bulldog spirit coming out. It is still there and thankfully the majority of people are good hearted and helpful in a crisis.[/p][/quote]"Just goes to show, out there in the Real World, away from the Echo website, that there are good and decent people who weren't dragged up and were well adjusted enough to lend a hand, which I definitely would had I been their neighbour" Still can't help yourself can you? Get help, you know you need it. Happy Chickie
  • Score: -1

4:41pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Audioman says...

The insurace company will not insure you for a second time
if thay do boy the cost will be sky high.
so the best thing to do is get on with it
The insurace company will not insure you for a second time if thay do boy the cost will be sky high. so the best thing to do is get on with it Audioman
  • Score: -3

5:06pm Wed 23 Jul 14

cg1blue says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
cg1blue wrote:
The travesty is they dont live near any rivers or the coast, or in a flood plain. This is purely down to poor maintenance of the local drainage system, making it incapable of coping with downpours.
Essentially the authorities are responsible for devaluing these properties, and causing financial and emotional trauma for a couple who were hoping to enjoy retirement
True enough. I think they should go after the council for help cleaning up and replacing belongings.

Such a shame after being flooded once before.

I hope everything works out for them.
Rochford district council say it's essex county council's problem, who say it's the environment agency, who say it's Anglian water. Nobody will take responsibility unfortunately...
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cg1blue[/bold] wrote: The travesty is they dont live near any rivers or the coast, or in a flood plain. This is purely down to poor maintenance of the local drainage system, making it incapable of coping with downpours. Essentially the authorities are responsible for devaluing these properties, and causing financial and emotional trauma for a couple who were hoping to enjoy retirement[/p][/quote]True enough. I think they should go after the council for help cleaning up and replacing belongings. Such a shame after being flooded once before. I hope everything works out for them.[/p][/quote]Rochford district council say it's essex county council's problem, who say it's the environment agency, who say it's Anglian water. Nobody will take responsibility unfortunately... cg1blue
  • Score: 2

5:10pm Wed 23 Jul 14

cg1blue says...

Audioman wrote:
The insurace company will not insure you for a second time
if thay do boy the cost will be sky high.
so the best thing to do is get on with it
Not true. They are insured despite the previous flood, thankfully. Mainly because as I said earlier they do not live in an 'at risk' area. It is simply pure incompetence by the authorities causing it to happen.
The brooks and drains in the area were blocked with debris. After members of the public removed some of the debris the water subsided.
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: The insurace company will not insure you for a second time if thay do boy the cost will be sky high. so the best thing to do is get on with it[/p][/quote]Not true. They are insured despite the previous flood, thankfully. Mainly because as I said earlier they do not live in an 'at risk' area. It is simply pure incompetence by the authorities causing it to happen. The brooks and drains in the area were blocked with debris. After members of the public removed some of the debris the water subsided. cg1blue
  • Score: 1

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