Devastated Snaith couple reveal they will have to demolish their bungalow due to floods


A devastated couple are facing the prospect of having to demolish their dream home after it was almost completely submerged in floodwater that has devastated parts of East Yorkshire.

Kevin and Catherine Lorryman have been left ‘heartbroken’ at the prospect of losing their modest bungalow in the market town of Snaith after the River Aire burst its banks and flood plains were left overwhelmed this weekend.

The grandparents are just two of hundreds of homeowners who were evacuated from 88 submerged properties in Snaith and surrounding villages last week as Storm Jorge overwhelmed the area’s already-struggling defences.

Heartbreaking photographs from outside their home show it almost entirely underwater, with just its roof and solar panels protruding from the water’s surface.

Their home is one of 3,344 properties across England that have been flooded in a month, with the Met Office announcing today that this February was the wettest on record with 209mm of rain, and the fifth wettest month of all time since records began in 1862.

Mrs Lorryman, 56, who shares the modest property with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, said: ‘Everything’s gone. We didn’t manage to save anything, even clothes. We’ve got nothing.’ 

Pictured today: Kevin and Catherine Lorryman have been left 'heartbroken' at the prospect of losing their modest bungalow (shown) in the market town of Snaith after the River Aire burst its banks and flood plains were left overwhelmed this weekend

Pictured today: Kevin and Catherine Lorryman have been left ‘heartbroken’ at the prospect of losing their modest bungalow (shown) in the market town of Snaith after the River Aire burst its banks and flood plains were left overwhelmed this weekend

Heartbreaking photographs from outside Mr Lorryman's home today show it almost entirely underwater, with just its roof and solar panels protruding from the water's surface

Heartbreaking photographs from outside Mr Lorryman’s home today show it almost entirely underwater, with just its roof and solar panels protruding from the water’s surface

A photograph taken today over East Cowick in East Yorkshire, which neighbours Snaith, shows how the communities have been overwhelmed by floodwater, with about 88 properties deluged

A photograph taken today over East Cowick in East Yorkshire, which neighbours Snaith, shows how the communities have been overwhelmed by floodwater, with about 88 properties deluged

Her husband Kevin told the BBC how seeing their home submerged under the water was ‘heartbreaking’ for the family, adding: ‘We are going to have to demolish I think.

‘We are just in a dream world at the moment and there are people all over this town exactly the same, it’s a nightmare.’

He told Hull Live: ‘We’ll probably never get insurance again. I’m going to have to flood proof it. I’m going to rebuild it in case it happens again. That’s all I can do.’

Other shocking images from Snaith show homes deeply submerged and the interiors of several houses completely destroyed, with water rising to the level of the top of kitchen counters.

Families made last-ditch attempts to save as much of their belongings as possible, with images from inside their deserted homes showing furniture piled on top of each other and prized possessions mounted on table tops. 

Authorities says they do not expect water levels to rise further. However residents have lashed out after claiming they were ‘left to drown’ despite a local council assuring them that the situation had ‘stabilised’.

Fiona Walker had to evacuate her 80-year-old mum Maureen Cooper from her home in East Cowick where she lived alone, before it was entirely submerged on Friday.

The furious 58-year-old had to rescue her mum’s cats, medication and clothes and even her own wedding dress which is at her mum’s house before her wedding in three weeks. 

The couple's next door neighbours have suffered a similar fate, with their bungalow also facing the prospect of a total rebuild due to the high level of flood damage

The couple’s next door neighbours have suffered a similar fate, with their bungalow also facing the prospect of a total rebuild due to the high level of flood damage 

A summer home in the market town of Snaith is upended by flood water following downpours in the area over the past month

Shocking images from above Snaith today show homes deeply submerged by flood water after what the Met Office said was the wettest February on record

Shocking images from above Snaith today show homes deeply submerged by flood water after what the Met Office said was the wettest February on record

 

A photograph taken today in Snaith shows a home recently sold that has flooded after widespread deluges over the past month in East Yorkshire

A photograph taken today in Snaith shows a home recently sold that has flooded after widespread deluges over the past month in East Yorkshire

Homes in East Cowick (shown today) are just some of 3,344 properties across England that have been flooded in just under a month

Homes in East Cowick (shown today) are just some of 3,344 properties across England that have been flooded in just under a month

The Met Office said this February was the wettest on record (shown left), while pictured right are the current flood warnings still in effect in England

Back-to-back storms see this February named the wettest ever

The Met Office has announced that this February is the wettest on record for the UK, with 209mm of rain falling.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland also broke their February records individually. 

It has also been the fifth wettest of any calendar month in a series from 1862 behind only October 1903 (227mm), December 2015 (217mm), November 2009 (215mm), and December 1929 (213mm).

Data also shows that this winter (December, January, February) has been the fifth wettest winter on record for the UK as a whole as well as the fifth mildest.

Ms Walker said: ‘I couldn’t get to her house as I’m only 5ft 1in and the water was over waist deep on my 6ft 5in fiancé.

‘My mum moved from York to East Cowick after she lost my father, it was her haven. But now I don’t she’ll ever go back. She’s 80, she can’t be worried every time it rains.

‘My mum’s whole life is in that house, eight decades of possessions and memories. It’s invaluable and no money will bring them back.

‘Someone needs to be held accountable for this. There should have been plans put in place to avoid any of this.’

Ms Walker, who lives in neighbouring Rawcliffe, said they felt like they were ‘forgotten’ and slammed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s continued absence from the flooded areas.

She added: ‘We’re extremely angry, East Cowick has never flooded. After all the promises about flood defences and prevention, we’ve been left to fend for ourselves. We’ve been left to drown and no one cares.

‘I can’t fault anyone who is there now helping out, they’re doing an amazing job and working tirelessly. But it should have been prevented, we shouldn’t have gotten to this point. We’ve got nothing here, we’re a little village and we feel like we don’t matter. We’ve been forgotten.’ 

A man walks through floodwaters in the village of East Cowick after the River Aire bursts its banks last week, causing widespread flooding to engulf the community

A man walks through floodwaters in the village of East Cowick after the River Aire bursts its banks last week, causing widespread flooding to engulf the community

A caravan and a small van, seen today, are among the vehicles swallowed up the floodwater in the village of Snaith, near the River Aire

A caravan and a small van, seen today, are among the vehicles swallowed up the floodwater in the village of Snaith, near the River Aire

A large home in East Cowick, near the River Aire, is completely surrounded by floodwater, as shown by this aerial photograph taken today

A large home in East Cowick, near the River Aire, is completely surrounded by floodwater, as shown by this aerial photograph taken today

A garden shed is shown floating upside down in Snaith as dozens of homes were almost completely engulfed by floodwater

A garden shed is shown floating upside down in Snaith as dozens of homes were almost completely engulfed by floodwater

She added: ‘I think Boris Johnson is too wrapped up in Coronavirus. It’s important, but there are people here who are also struggling and suffering. People who voted for his government.

‘I convinced my Labour voting fiance to vote Conservative and I wished to God that I didn’t – I don’t think he’s bothered.

‘There is a disaster here and he needs to show support and help the people who voted for him.’

Residents in the area were forced to abandon their homes after evacuation orders were placed before the River Aire burst its banks leaving houses almost totally submerged under floodwater.

But East Riding of Yorkshire Council confirmed the high tide passed overnight without incident and water levels in Snaith have continued to recede slightly.

Twelve heavy duty pumps have been in operation to move water away from the area and into the Aire and Calder canal and the river Don to reduce water levels.

Stephen Hunt, from the council, said: ‘Storm Jorge appears to have passed with limited effect and the overall situation has stabilised.

‘However, while the water levels are generally dropping they are expected to stay high over the coming days.

An aerial photograph taken today over Snaith shows several vehicles completely swallowed up by floodwater after the River Aire burst its banks

An aerial photograph taken today over Snaith shows several vehicles completely swallowed up by floodwater after the River Aire burst its banks

A man walks through waist-high water today in the village of East Cowick to survey the damage caused by floodwater last week

A man walks through waist-high water today in the village of East Cowick to survey the damage caused by floodwater last week

Rail travellers using the West Coast main line have been warned to expect disruptions this week as repairs are made to a section of line near Warrington which was damaged in a landslip on the weekend.

The southbound line at Dutton Viaduct has been closed for the repairs and is expected to be shut for several days, NetworkRail said in a statement.

Emergency teams have repaired damaged flood barriers in parts of the West Midlands to prepare for high water levels on the River Severn, which are expected to peak at between 5.4 and 5.7 metres on Monday afternoon, the EA said.

For the first time since the flooding started, there were no reported evacuations in the worst-hit areas of East Yorkshire on Sunday.

Water levels are generally dropping or remaining stable in Snaith, Gowdall, East Cowick and West Cowick, but are expected to remain high for several days, East Riding of Yorkshire Council said.

A UK average of 202.1mm of rain fell last month, surpassing February 1990 when 193.4mm fell, the Met Office said. 

The heavy rainfall throughout the month resulted in some severe impacts with many areas flooded, including parts of Yorkshire, Wales and the Midlands. 



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