EDP flood appeal wades in to help latest victims of wild weather

Stanley Chaston who suffered heavy flooding on Newport Road in Hemsby.
Flood damaged carpets removed from his home.


Picture: James Bass Stanley Chaston who suffered heavy flooding on Newport Road in Hemsby. Flood damaged carpets removed from his home. Picture: James Bass

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
10:00 AM

The rain that lashed east Norfolk on Friday may have only lasted a matter of minutes.

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Flooding will not move us

Stanley Chaston was counting the cost of the floods for the second time, after his semi-detached home in Newport Road, Hemsby was swamped on Friday.

The grandfather-of-ten was flooded in 2006 following similar weather and moved out of his home while it was dried out and put back to normal.

And dehumidifiers have now moved back into his ground floor to start the process all over again.

The grandfather-of-ten, 68, said: “It’s going to take months. I couldn’t sell the property and if I did I wouldn’t get much for it. I’d never get another mortgage at my age, so I’m stuck.”

The thigh-deep water that swept onto his property picked up gas bottles, destroyed plants, flooded his shed and ruined furniture, but the retired bus driver, has vowed to stay in his home while it dried out.

Neighbour Daphne Parry said she and her husband Tony would also be staying in their flooded home, while the noisy dehumidifiers do their work.

The grandmother-of-three, 82, added: “They have started to take up the carpets. My husband is 86 and not that well, it’s quite hard.”

But it has left a long lasting impact for those who were swamped by the wild weather and now face the heartbreaking task of drying out their homes - a process that could take months for those hardest hit.

Today the EDP has waded in to help those affected by the “monsoon-like” rain, which hammered several communities, and is offering a helping hand as families start on their road to recovery.

Money raised through our Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal - set up in the wake of the devastating December tidal surge - is being made available to those who are now in need.

Generous readers helped push the fund to six figures and £50,000 in donations is now being offered to flood victims in Hemsby, Ormesby and Winterton.

Alan Row who suffered flooding on Newport Road in Hemsby.
All the contents of this skip damaged from flood water.


Picture: James BassAlan Row who suffered flooding on Newport Road in Hemsby. All the contents of this skip damaged from flood water. Picture: James Bass

Friday’s heavy rain brought water cascading into at least 20 homes but council leaders fear this number could rise, if people were away when the floods hit or if they have not yet been in contact to ask for help.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is due to head out today to meet victims of the latest floods, to assess cases and offer further advice and assistance.

Some residents have been offered temporary accommodation as the clean up continues and the authority said it was working with Norfolk County Council, which is leading an investigation to determine the cause of the flooding.

Leader Trevor Wainwright encouraged anyone hit by the floods to apply for help from our appeal.

Flash flooding on Friday afternoon in Newport Road, Hemsby.
Hemsby broads lifeboat called in action.

Picture: James BassFlash flooding on Friday afternoon in Newport Road, Hemsby. Hemsby broads lifeboat called in action. Picture: James Bass

He said: “The council is delighted with the decision this week to enable residents affected by this recent flooding to apply for vital relief funds, donated by generous members of the public in response to the EDP appeal.

“I encourage any residents affected by the recent flooding in the borough to get an application form by contacting the borough council, which is working with the Norfolk Community Foundation to administer the appeal fund within the area.”

EDP editor Nigel Pickover added: “We will have a very quick assessment of the needs to make sure we respond to those quickly who most require it.

“We are looking to do that in the next few days. It is vital that people who have had problems before are not on their own.”

It is hoped money from our appeal can be handed out by the end of the week.

Friday’s downpour, which hit villages just after 3pm, overwhelmed roads and drains and sparked more than 50 calls to the fire service.

It also caused chaos to public transport with trains cancelled between Norwich and Yarmouth due to flooding at Brundall, and bus services disrupted.

The flooding was so bad in Newport Road and Yarmouth Road in Hemsby police sealed them off to traffic, while firefighters spent several hours pumping water from homes.

It comes six months after the village’s beach front community was devastated by the tidal surge, which swept homes into the sea and washed chunks from the fragile dunes.

■ To apply for money from the EDP flood appeal, contact Great Yarmouth Borough Council on 01493 856100.

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