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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Residents of Lowestoft faced the heart breaking task yesterday of disposing off their possessions that had been ruined in last week’s tidal surge.
People in St John’s Road could be seen handing over ruined televisions, pieces of furniture and other pieces of household equipment to workmen from Waveney Norse operating a refuse lorry.
The workmen were acting on behalf of Waveney District Council’s plan to help residents to begin to rebuild their lives which had been affected by Thursday’s deluge.
Amy and Darryl Judge, who have a two-year-old son, were throwing away everything that had been damaged on the ground floor of their home as several feet of water poured in to the property.
Mrs Judge, 30, and who has temporarily moved to a relatives’ home on the Whitton estate, said; “I suppose you just have to get on with things. “Rather than worrying too much about what we have lost, we have been helping others in the street who are in the same position as us.
“We are all just grateful that no one was hurt.”
Patrician Gleeson, 55, also saw the ground floor of her home ruined.
She said: “Obviously I am devastated by what has happened. It is unbelievable to see how much damage was caused.”
As well as St John’s Road Wavney Norse is collecting ruined items from properties in Lowestoft’s Station Square, in Oulton Broad and at Ferry Road in Southwold.
Stuart Mortimer is an operations manager at Waveney Norse and said the scenes after the floods were the worse he had seen in Lowestoft in the 25 years he had been there.
He said: “We are here today for the residents affected by the tidal surge. I am hoping they are appreciative of what we are doing to help them.
“It is certainly not a nice thing that has happened to them, so close to Christmas as well.”
In another sign of how Lowestoft is overcoming adversity a restaurant has come up with a novel replacement for its water damaged carpet.
Daisy’s restaurant in Station Square has ripped out its soggy floor covering and has spread straw in its place.
The business, which only opened in July, was flooded under almost two feet of water during the high tide on Thursday.
Owner Richard Pye and his staff worked throughout Friday to clean-up the premises and the restaurant reopened for dinner on Saturday.
Mr Pye, who trained at Lowestoft College and has previously worked as a head chef at The Crown in Southwold and the Ivy House Country Hotel in Lowestoft, said the estimated cost of the damage was between £6,000 and £8,000.
He said: “I just wanted to get open as quickly as possible.
“All my ingredients are locally sourced so I felt I could use anything related to farms.
“Everybody has been really nice and positive about it.
“Somebody said it was like being in a Nativity and people keep asking where are the animals.”
A number of businesses in Station Square were affected by the tidal surge, with many still closed yesterday.
Although open again to customers, the JD Wetherspoon’s pub the Joseph Conrad lost thousands of pounds worth of stock when the ground floor and cellar flooded.
At least 500,000 litres of water were pumped out of the cellar by 11 tankers and there is still more to remove.
Southwold-based brewer Adnams has stepped in to help by providing equipment and advice to enable the pub to sell a choice of 16 real ales from a stillage behind the bar.
The Joseph Conrad will close for a week in January so water damaged woodwork and plasterboard to be replaced. Anyone wanting advice on disposing of larger items and materials damaged by flooding can call Waveney Norse on 01502 527100.