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'We have lost everything' - dad carries children to safety as flood water destroys home

PUBLISHED: 14:20 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:56 04 June 2018

Richard Shay with his daughter Yazmin in their caravan. Picture: Marc Betts

Richard Shay with his daughter Yazmin in their caravan. Picture: Marc Betts

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A father had to carry his children to safety after sewage and flood water filled their home, forcing the family-of-five to move out and live in a damp caravan.

Richard Shay stands in his front room which had been flooded with sewage the day before. Picture: Marc BettsRichard Shay stands in his front room which had been flooded with sewage the day before. Picture: Marc Betts

Richard Shay, 37, wife Becky and their three-children are living in the caravan on their driveway after heavy rain caused severe flash floods in Norwich Road, Besthorpe on Saturday, June 2.

Mr Shay, a part-time delivery driver said: “We don’t know where to start. We have lost everything. Our food, fridge, freezer, washing machine, cooker, everything.

“I had to help the children out of the house, I had to carry them through the water with it all the way up to my crotch.

“There was just sewage flowing through the house. I have never seen anything like it in my life. It was like I was in a film.”

The family have had to remove all their water damaged items from the house. Picture: Marc BettsThe family have had to remove all their water damaged items from the house. Picture: Marc Betts

The water was completely pumped out of the house by fire crews at 11pm on Sunday.

Mr Shay added: “My wife rung me up and said: ‘There is a wave coming down the garden.’ I thought she was at the beach but I rushed home and all I could see was the water coming out of the driveway.

“I have never seen anything like it. It was like being in the middle of a tsunami.

“Me and my wife are uninsured because we have changed bank accounts and we had the appointment for the home insurance on Thursday.

The water level is still visable on the side of the building. Picture: Marc BettsThe water level is still visable on the side of the building. Picture: Marc Betts

“We are going to have to try and replace everything ourselves.”

Now his family including his daughter Yasmin, six, Ethan, 12, and eldest Trinity will have to share the caravan.

“We have to live in a caravan on our driveway and even that was flooded,” he added. “We have had to rip out all the carpet and dry it just so we can have somewhere to sleep.

“The smell in the house is unbearable, it makes you heave.”

The family have had to remove all their water damaged items from the house. Picture: Marc BettsThe family have had to remove all their water damaged items from the house. Picture: Marc Betts

Around 10 homes in the Norwich Road and Hill Road area were affected by heavy rain at the weekend.

Police and Norfolk Fire and Rescue were called to the village at around 5pm on Saturday and remained there until the early hours of the morning, now residents are dealing with the damage.

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