Heartbroken residents return to flood-hit Iford homes after evacuation

Bournemouth Echo: Susan Holloway Susan Holloway

RESIDENTS evacuated on Christmas Day returned to their flood-hit homes to assess the heartbreaking damage.

People living at Iford Bridge Home Park were allowed back onto the water damaged site on Thursday morning after the emergency evacuation on Christmas Day.

And while some homes had escaped with minimal damage, many residents were too upset to talk, packing up their essential belongings and leaving the site with their family.

Ann Savin, 73, who has lived on the site for 24 years, said she got the evacuation call at 3.45am on Christmas Day morning.

“The water was four-and-half feet high”, said Anne, who had spent the night with her daughter Tracey Havard.

“We left on a boat. I’ve lived here for 24 years and this is the worst I have ever seen it.

“It came in very, very quickly.

“Within 15minutes it was gushing through the park.

“The water came right up to the edge of my place and I found someone else’s bench in the garden.

“The men on the boats did a really good job. There are people here that are bed ridden and I know one of them was taken straight to hospital.

“This side of the park are able to stay but the other side there are sewage problems.

“There are five or six homes that are flooded as far as I’m aware.

“Some cars have been ruined. The good thing is everyone has pulled together. And it’s not raining today.”

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Michael Squires, 63, who has lived at his Iford home for three years said he was taken from his home in a dinghy about 3am.

“I hadn’t gone to bed that night. I was waiting up to see what happened. We’ve had warnings before – when we were taken to the church but this was worse.

“It’s damaged the carpet and my son-in-law has drilled holes in the floor of the car to let the water out.

“I stayed with my daughter and will be there tonight but hope to get home tomorrow.”

Daughter, Emma Locke said: “He called us about 8am yesterday morning from the day centre. Hopefully we can get him some more carpet and then things will dry out.

“It’s horrible for them, especially at Christmas.”

Susan Holloway, who lives with her husband Walter, said they were told they had 20minutes to get out.

“We’ve lived here for three years and I’ve never seen anything like it”, he said.

“There were cars floating in the car park.

“The water was up to the step when I left.

“We waded through the water to get out.

“I’m a bit shell-shocked now. All the electrical items like the fridge and washing machine are ruined.”

Her son-in-law Neil Merry, who was helping out along with wife Debbie, said: “They picked up what we could from the floor so it was up high and then just left.

“We came back on Christmas Day morning and weren’t allowed in and then again in the evening. It had receded on Boxing Day but when we got in there were still four inches of water.”

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4:43pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Townee says...

If these type of homes near rivers have flood problems. Why can't someone invent a system where by they can float up on the water. My idea would be 4 pole type things at each corner that would allow the house to raise but not float away. Then under the house could be fitted with some type of floats and you could have extra long electric mains, flexible gas main and sewer pipes. That way when the water rises so would the house and nothing would be damaged and no insurance claim for water damage. Problem solved.
If these type of homes near rivers have flood problems. Why can't someone invent a system where by they can float up on the water. My idea would be 4 pole type things at each corner that would allow the house to raise but not float away. Then under the house could be fitted with some type of floats and you could have extra long electric mains, flexible gas main and sewer pipes. That way when the water rises so would the house and nothing would be damaged and no insurance claim for water damage. Problem solved. Townee

5:30pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Hammy1 says...

They already have this system in Evesham after the big floods there. If it floods on this particular site the mobile homes raise up on scissor type jacks and floats that attach to the bottom. The mobile home raises as the water raises no damage done.
They already have this system in Evesham after the big floods there. If it floods on this particular site the mobile homes raise up on scissor type jacks and floats that attach to the bottom. The mobile home raises as the water raises no damage done. Hammy1

5:32pm Thu 26 Dec 13

mikeymagic says...

Townee wrote:
If these type of homes near rivers have flood problems. Why can't someone invent a system where by they can float up on the water. My idea would be 4 pole type things at each corner that would allow the house to raise but not float away. Then under the house could be fitted with some type of floats and you could have extra long electric mains, flexible gas main and sewer pipes. That way when the water rises so would the house and nothing would be damaged and no insurance claim for water damage. Problem solved.
Sounds cheap and practical.....NOT! Ironic really that the front page photo contains the picture of a Dyson by one of this countries leading inventors and the first post is about a floating house invention.

But in all seriousness, terrible for the residence and I hope you get straight soon.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: If these type of homes near rivers have flood problems. Why can't someone invent a system where by they can float up on the water. My idea would be 4 pole type things at each corner that would allow the house to raise but not float away. Then under the house could be fitted with some type of floats and you could have extra long electric mains, flexible gas main and sewer pipes. That way when the water rises so would the house and nothing would be damaged and no insurance claim for water damage. Problem solved.[/p][/quote]Sounds cheap and practical.....NOT! Ironic really that the front page photo contains the picture of a Dyson by one of this countries leading inventors and the first post is about a floating house invention. But in all seriousness, terrible for the residence and I hope you get straight soon. mikeymagic

8:59pm Thu 26 Dec 13

username is already in use says...

live by the sword die by the sword
live by the sword die by the sword username is already in use

10:16pm Thu 26 Dec 13

arti273 says...

mikeymagic wrote:
Townee wrote:
If these type of homes near rivers have flood problems. Why can't someone invent a system where by they can float up on the water. My idea would be 4 pole type things at each corner that would allow the house to raise but not float away. Then under the house could be fitted with some type of floats and you could have extra long electric mains, flexible gas main and sewer pipes. That way when the water rises so would the house and nothing would be damaged and no insurance claim for water damage. Problem solved.
Sounds cheap and practical.....NOT! Ironic really that the front page photo contains the picture of a Dyson by one of this countries leading inventors and the first post is about a floating house invention.

But in all seriousness, terrible for the residence and I hope you get straight soon.
So you think Townee's idea is neither cheap nor practical, but the system is already successfully in use elsewhere in this country? You're not a council leader by any chance are you?
[quote][p][bold]mikeymagic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: If these type of homes near rivers have flood problems. Why can't someone invent a system where by they can float up on the water. My idea would be 4 pole type things at each corner that would allow the house to raise but not float away. Then under the house could be fitted with some type of floats and you could have extra long electric mains, flexible gas main and sewer pipes. That way when the water rises so would the house and nothing would be damaged and no insurance claim for water damage. Problem solved.[/p][/quote]Sounds cheap and practical.....NOT! Ironic really that the front page photo contains the picture of a Dyson by one of this countries leading inventors and the first post is about a floating house invention. But in all seriousness, terrible for the residence and I hope you get straight soon.[/p][/quote]So you think Townee's idea is neither cheap nor practical, but the system is already successfully in use elsewhere in this country? You're not a council leader by any chance are you? arti273

9:18am Fri 27 Dec 13

downmoor-ch63 says...

AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER , AS A CARAVAN SITE , IT WAS NOT CONSIDERED, OWING TO ITS CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE RIVER, THAT IT WAS NOT A SUITABLE PLACE TO PUT CARAVANS, BUT MONEY BEING MONEY, PERMISSION WAS GRANTED, I MAY BE WRONG ABOUT THIS, BUT THATS WHAT I CAN REMEMBER .
AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER , AS A CARAVAN SITE , IT WAS NOT CONSIDERED, OWING TO ITS CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE RIVER, THAT IT WAS NOT A SUITABLE PLACE TO PUT CARAVANS, BUT MONEY BEING MONEY, PERMISSION WAS GRANTED, I MAY BE WRONG ABOUT THIS, BUT THATS WHAT I CAN REMEMBER . downmoor-ch63

10:15am Fri 27 Dec 13

Huey says...

The trouble is there is all kinds of gunk and sewage in that water, and even when it receeds and the proprties are dried out and redecorated you can never get rid of the smell
The trouble is there is all kinds of gunk and sewage in that water, and even when it receeds and the proprties are dried out and redecorated you can never get rid of the smell Huey

11:19am Fri 27 Dec 13

TinyLegacy says...

I wouldn't plug that Dyson in love...
I wouldn't plug that Dyson in love... TinyLegacy

1:12pm Fri 27 Dec 13

s-pb2 says...

My best wishes to all those affected and I hope they can get their lives back on track soon. Im sure many of the community, charities and authorities will help where they can, although I would not count on some of the above commenters!
My best wishes to all those affected and I hope they can get their lives back on track soon. Im sure many of the community, charities and authorities will help where they can, although I would not count on some of the above commenters! s-pb2

2:38pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Vicvic says...

yes its very sad but i suppose living in a caravan is a bit of a gamble when it is so near to a river, glad I had the money to buy a house but understand that not everyone has the money.
yes its very sad but i suppose living in a caravan is a bit of a gamble when it is so near to a river, glad I had the money to buy a house but understand that not everyone has the money. Vicvic

2:45pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Vicvic says...

Huey wrote:
The trouble is there is all kinds of gunk and sewage in that water, and even when it receeds and the proprties are dried out and redecorated you can never get rid of the smell
thats right NEVER
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: The trouble is there is all kinds of gunk and sewage in that water, and even when it receeds and the proprties are dried out and redecorated you can never get rid of the smell[/p][/quote]thats right NEVER Vicvic

3:12pm Fri 27 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

downmoor-ch63 wrote:
AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER , AS A CARAVAN SITE , IT WAS NOT CONSIDERED, OWING TO ITS CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE RIVER, THAT IT WAS NOT A SUITABLE PLACE TO PUT CARAVANS, BUT MONEY BEING MONEY, PERMISSION WAS GRANTED, I MAY BE WRONG ABOUT THIS, BUT THATS WHAT I CAN REMEMBER .
I believe you are correct (no need to shout though - thanks) these riverside areas including the mobile home parks have been subject to regular flooding for many decades. The worst occasion I can recall was in the mid-seventies when much of Jumpers including the main Barrack Road went underwater - far worse than this latest incident.

So it is not an unreasonable to question why these mobile homes are there alongside the river at all and who (bluntly!) in their right minds and having researched history would move into them?
[quote][p][bold]downmoor-ch63[/bold] wrote: AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER , AS A CARAVAN SITE , IT WAS NOT CONSIDERED, OWING TO ITS CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE RIVER, THAT IT WAS NOT A SUITABLE PLACE TO PUT CARAVANS, BUT MONEY BEING MONEY, PERMISSION WAS GRANTED, I MAY BE WRONG ABOUT THIS, BUT THATS WHAT I CAN REMEMBER .[/p][/quote]I believe you are correct (no need to shout though - thanks) these riverside areas including the mobile home parks have been subject to regular flooding for many decades. The worst occasion I can recall was in the mid-seventies when much of Jumpers including the main Barrack Road went underwater - far worse than this latest incident. So it is not an unreasonable to question why these mobile homes are there alongside the river at all and who (bluntly!) in their right minds and having researched history would move into them? muscliffman

4:26pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Hessenford says...

downmoor-ch63 wrote:
AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER , AS A CARAVAN SITE , IT WAS NOT CONSIDERED, OWING TO ITS CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE RIVER, THAT IT WAS NOT A SUITABLE PLACE TO PUT CARAVANS, BUT MONEY BEING MONEY, PERMISSION WAS GRANTED, I MAY BE WRONG ABOUT THIS, BUT THATS WHAT I CAN REMEMBER .
That place was a holiday caravan site well before becoming a residential site.
[quote][p][bold]downmoor-ch63[/bold] wrote: AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER , AS A CARAVAN SITE , IT WAS NOT CONSIDERED, OWING TO ITS CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE RIVER, THAT IT WAS NOT A SUITABLE PLACE TO PUT CARAVANS, BUT MONEY BEING MONEY, PERMISSION WAS GRANTED, I MAY BE WRONG ABOUT THIS, BUT THATS WHAT I CAN REMEMBER .[/p][/quote]That place was a holiday caravan site well before becoming a residential site. Hessenford

5:30pm Fri 27 Dec 13

live-and-let-live says...

" HEARTBREAKING" is another word that the Echo uses to add drama where its not required.
"Heartbreaking" is finding the bodies of 5 small children in a burnt out house. "HEARTBREAKING" is losing your entire family in a tsunami.
a wet carpet is NOT "heartbreaking.
" HEARTBREAKING" is another word that the Echo uses to add drama where its not required. "Heartbreaking" is finding the bodies of 5 small children in a burnt out house. "HEARTBREAKING" is losing your entire family in a tsunami. a wet carpet is NOT "heartbreaking. live-and-let-live

12:10am Sat 28 Dec 13

chelsea53 says...

Its sad but its a risk when you live so close to a river known for flooding. Also a friend and I drove over the bridges at lunch time on Xmas Eve and it was fairly obvious it was about to flood. Surprised they weren't evacuated earlier.
Its sad but its a risk when you live so close to a river known for flooding. Also a friend and I drove over the bridges at lunch time on Xmas Eve and it was fairly obvious it was about to flood. Surprised they weren't evacuated earlier. chelsea53

9:23am Sat 28 Dec 13

Derf says...

chelsea53 wrote:
Its sad but its a risk when you live so close to a river known for flooding. Also a friend and I drove over the bridges at lunch time on Xmas Eve and it was fairly obvious it was about to flood. Surprised they weren't evacuated earlier.
So presumably the residents would have seen the bridges themselves and made the same assumption rather than needing to be told to move out?
[quote][p][bold]chelsea53[/bold] wrote: Its sad but its a risk when you live so close to a river known for flooding. Also a friend and I drove over the bridges at lunch time on Xmas Eve and it was fairly obvious it was about to flood. Surprised they weren't evacuated earlier.[/p][/quote]So presumably the residents would have seen the bridges themselves and made the same assumption rather than needing to be told to move out? Derf

9:55pm Sat 28 Dec 13

arti273 says...

InsidetheEA wrote:
Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://www.insidethe

environmentagency.co

.uk/
The website is trying to raise some important points for debate but it is really difficult to read. The current blog on manipulation of figures is littered with typos. The second paragraph is one 54 word sentence, the third paragraph has where/were and there/their interchanged, missing words, etc. If you are involved in the hosting then I would suggest you cut and paste the whole lot into Word or Pages, edit it and paste it back. I know this sounds pedantic but until then, less determined readers will just give up. I make loads of typos but then I'm not trying to engage anyone in a cause.
[quote][p][bold]InsidetheEA[/bold] wrote: Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk/[/p][/quote]The website is trying to raise some important points for debate but it is really difficult to read. The current blog on manipulation of figures is littered with typos. The second paragraph is one 54 word sentence, the third paragraph has where/were and there/their interchanged, missing words, etc. If you are involved in the hosting then I would suggest you cut and paste the whole lot into Word or Pages, edit it and paste it back. I know this sounds pedantic but until then, less determined readers will just give up. I make loads of typos but then I'm not trying to engage anyone in a cause. arti273

10:35pm Sat 28 Dec 13

elaine191261 says...

Hessenford wrote:
downmoor-ch63 wrote:
AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER , AS A CARAVAN SITE , IT WAS NOT CONSIDERED, OWING TO ITS CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE RIVER, THAT IT WAS NOT A SUITABLE PLACE TO PUT CARAVANS, BUT MONEY BEING MONEY, PERMISSION WAS GRANTED, I MAY BE WRONG ABOUT THIS, BUT THATS WHAT I CAN REMEMBER .
That place was a holiday caravan site well before becoming a residential site.
It's was a holiday park ,in the. Back of the park there was some static caravans there ,the owners then after 1979 were offered flood defences when they built them around by my parents house across the. River there ,but the owners refused them as it would spoil the views
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downmoor-ch63[/bold] wrote: AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER , AS A CARAVAN SITE , IT WAS NOT CONSIDERED, OWING TO ITS CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE RIVER, THAT IT WAS NOT A SUITABLE PLACE TO PUT CARAVANS, BUT MONEY BEING MONEY, PERMISSION WAS GRANTED, I MAY BE WRONG ABOUT THIS, BUT THATS WHAT I CAN REMEMBER .[/p][/quote]That place was a holiday caravan site well before becoming a residential site.[/p][/quote]It's was a holiday park ,in the. Back of the park there was some static caravans there ,the owners then after 1979 were offered flood defences when they built them around by my parents house across the. River there ,but the owners refused them as it would spoil the views elaine191261

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