VIDEO: Iford Bridge residents return to flood-hit homes

Bournemouth Echo: Iford Bridge Home Park resident Marion Pope Iford Bridge Home Park resident Marion Pope

“IT was a scene of devastation.”

Those were the words of resident Marion Pope after she was allowed to move back into her park home today.

The 64-year-old’s property at Iford Bridge Home Park was among one of those where the water mark about a foot up the wall betrayed how high the River Stour had made it inside.

“We’ve been told that if it’s damp it’s got to go,” she said.

“We’ve lost the new flooring we had down and it’s a good job we didn’t have a new kitchen.”

Mrs Pope was upset at not being given another night in a hotel to give her more time to prepare before sleeping back at home.

And neighbour Peter Mellor’s home is so wet he is unable to move back so he was trying to find anything that was salvageable before returning to stay with family.

“Everything in here is ruined,” the 92-year-old widower said in his lounge.

“I’ve got no light so I can only work in here until 4pm.

“You can see it was pretty swamped out.”

Neighbour David Buckle is one of the designated flood wardens.

The 75-year-old had to throw away items he was storing underneath his home but was relieved the water did not make it inside.

He said: “It’s been very bad because 20 homes have been affected by water and I understand five of them are write offs.”

Mr Buckle called on the Environment Agency to take more action to prevent the flood from happening again.

Neighbour Ann Sedgwick said she had been “one of the lucky ones”.

“For some people it’s heartbreaking, it really is,” she said.

Ken Ayres, who manages the site, said some residents are struggling to agree payouts from insurers.

“Some people have lost everything,” he said

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5:59pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

And these are the people who said earlier, "we wouldn't want to live anywhere else, we love it hers, the look on their faces tells a different story.
And these are the people who said earlier, "we wouldn't want to live anywhere else, we love it hers, the look on their faces tells a different story. Hessenford
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6:23pm Wed 8 Jan 14

madras says...

Mr Buckle called on the Environment Agency to take more action to prevent the flood from happening again...

... like close down sites built in areas so prone to flooding / or restrict to holiday use only?
Mr Buckle called on the Environment Agency to take more action to prevent the flood from happening again... ... like close down sites built in areas so prone to flooding / or restrict to holiday use only? madras
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6:33pm Wed 8 Jan 14

whataboutthat says...

Look, sympathy and all, but really, you live near a major river.
If the boxes have been under the home since you moved there then what are you going to miss? Bit like stuff in my loft really.
As for us coughing up for your rescue - emergency yes, otherwise, you are on your own. It's called private property. It's what you've worked hard for and cherish. You beleve in individualism as an alternative to the common good So your plight is real and painful. However, this is not a socialist collective.
I really should get out more...
Look, sympathy and all, but really, you live near a major river. If the boxes have been under the home since you moved there then what are you going to miss? Bit like stuff in my loft really. As for us coughing up for your rescue - emergency yes, otherwise, you are on your own. It's called private property. It's what you've worked hard for and cherish. You beleve in individualism as an alternative to the common good So your plight is real and painful. However, this is not a socialist collective. I really should get out more... whataboutthat
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7:20pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Peggy Babcock says...

Different story when the sun is shining and you sit by the river chit chatting about how wonderful a place it is to live. Living by the river brings it's risks which people living there clearly accepted when they moved there.
Different story when the sun is shining and you sit by the river chit chatting about how wonderful a place it is to live. Living by the river brings it's risks which people living there clearly accepted when they moved there. Peggy Babcock
  • Score: 8

9:10pm Wed 8 Jan 14

rudolph_hucker says...

I suggest next time it floods they purchase scuba gear and remain seated in the living room
I suggest next time it floods they purchase scuba gear and remain seated in the living room rudolph_hucker
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9:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

ShuttleX says...

"Mr Buckle called on the Environment Agency to take more action to prevent the flood from happening again."

Tow the homes up onto Salisbury Plain, you won't have to worry about being flooded out next time the Stour bursts it's banks. You chose to live right next door to a river, you could have looked out the window anytime and realised how high the water was getting. That is when you should have been packing up your stuff and storing it off site. It's not like you never had any warning. I wish these people would stop blaming the EA, the Council and everybody else. You decided to live there, deal with it and shut up whinging about how hard done by you are.
"Mr Buckle called on the Environment Agency to take more action to prevent the flood from happening again." Tow the homes up onto Salisbury Plain, you won't have to worry about being flooded out next time the Stour bursts it's banks. You chose to live right next door to a river, you could have looked out the window anytime and realised how high the water was getting. That is when you should have been packing up your stuff and storing it off site. It's not like you never had any warning. I wish these people would stop blaming the EA, the Council and everybody else. You decided to live there, deal with it and shut up whinging about how hard done by you are. ShuttleX
  • Score: 7

11:23pm Wed 8 Jan 14

whataboutthat says...

ShuttleX closes this one for good - get real Iforders...
ShuttleX closes this one for good - get real Iforders... whataboutthat
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