Man preparing for flood waters just weeks after returning to home damaged in 2013 tidal surge

Alan Spoor in his flooded home in Marine Parade, Lowestoft on the evening of the tidal surge in Dece

Alan Spoor in his flooded home in Marine Parade, Lowestoft on the evening of the tidal surge in December, 2013 . - Credit: Archant

A man who has just returned to his home following the 2013 tidal surge is once again preparing to defend his property from flood waters.

Alan Spoor in his flood damaged basement flat along Marine Parade, Lowestoft.

Alan Spoor in his flood damaged basement flat along Marine Parade, Lowestoft. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Alan Spoor spent three years in temporary accommodation after his rented basement flat in Marine Parade, Lowestoft, was damaged in December 2013.

The 60-year-old moved back into the property just over a month ago and has vowed to stay there overnight to protect his property despite warnings to leave.

Mr Spoor, who had lived in the flat for 36 years until his was forced to move out in 2013, said: 'The flood alerts started a couple of nights ago and I have been up all night all watching.

'I won't evacuate. If I had done that three years ago I wouldn't have saved half of what I did save. For the sake of 2ft of water I am not going to abandon all my stuff. I have just got it all back and it cost me a fortune.'

Mr Spoor said he suffered depression while living in temporary accommodation and added that he couldn't face going through it all again.

He said he hoped the new flood door installed at his flat and flood defences deployed in the town would protect his home from the deluge.

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He added: 'I don't think I can face it again at 60. It took so much out of me and it out such a smile on my face when I got back here. I have been putting ornaments back in my lounge and putting up pictures. I am home again. But the last three nights all I have thought about is the tidal surge. In 36 years here I never heard of a tidal surge and here we are three years later talking about it again.'

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