Floods one month on: Happisburgh resident reflects on losing seafront home

Happisburgh Beach Road resident, Bryony Nierop-Reading, pictured in her caravan near the site of her demolished house.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Happisburgh Beach Road resident, Bryony Nierop-Reading, pictured in her caravan near the site of her demolished house. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Monday, January 6, 2014
9:19 AM

For Bryony Nierop-Reading Christmas and New Year was a “strange” time as she spent it out of her beloved seafront home.

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The bungalow she had determinedly clung onto for five years had to be demolished after the storm of December 5 left it dangling perilously over the cliff edge at Happisburgh.

She spent the festive season at a friend’s house but has now returned to her mobile caravan opposite the thin sliver of land where her home used to sit, where she plans to remain for the foreseeable future.

A month on from the floods she said the sad ending to her home had truly sunk in.

The Grandmother-of-seven said: “I had a point after Christmas when I suddenly realised that this wasn’t all make believe and pretend stuff and it actually was real and I had a pretty bad day.

“It was really for the first time coming to terms with it.”

Mrs Nierop-Reading, 68, said she had been in touch with others in Walcott who had lost their homes and like her, they were still reeling from the devastating effects of the tidal surge.

But for now she will be remaining on the coast that she so loves.

“I’m back in my mobile (home) for the time being while I think about what I’m doing,” she added. “I’ve still got the workshop and this is the place I do like to be more than anywhere else.”

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