WALCOTT FLOODS: Couple tell of the moment they watched their home get washed away

Floods. Walcott damage after the sea surges. Wes Woods and his partner Helen Robinson with the remains of their home behind them.   
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Floods. Walcott damage after the sea surges. Wes Woods and his partner Helen Robinson with the remains of their home behind them. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Sunday, December 8, 2013
8:07 AM

Wes Woods and Helen Robinson watched in disbelief as their Walcott home went “bobbing up and down” into the storm surge when huge waves smashed into their village.

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The couple and their children Rufus, nine, and Phoebe, 13, had lived in their static home and outbuildings for two years and had spent the last 12 months getting the place “sorted out”.

But they watched their hard work and worldly possessions disappear in a matter of minutes when the high tide ripped through the village on Thursday night.

Mr Woods, 35, said: “We had new walls, I’d tiled the bathroom, put in a new bath. It was like the Hilton and it’s just been devastated.”

As well as losing their home the couple said the high tides had wrecked their business, art circus group Articus - which has performed in front of the Duchess of Cambridge - as thousands of pounds worth of equipment was also destroyed by the floods.

Despite the devastation the pair were remaining resilient and are now working towards making a happy Christmas for their family.

“Stuff is stuff, my family’s safe,” Mr Woods said. “You have just got to keep your chin up. All I’m concerned about right now is putting clothes on my kids’ backs and getting them through Christmas.”

And the couple said they had been touched by the kindness of people coming to their aid, including one man who “just came up to us” to give them £150.

“The fact that he wants to help means more than the money,” Mr Woods said.

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