‘Black water everywhere’: Woman fights back tears as floods hit her home
- Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020
A Norfolk woman has described how she held back her tears after finding her home flooded.
Angeline Connolly from Child’s Way, Sheringham, returned home from walking her dog to find her front room ruined by floods as heavy rain hit the coast.
Storms over Sheringham caused havoc on Sunday, with traffic brought to a standstill, three sinkholes opening up and homes and businesses forced to fight floodwater.
Mrs Connolly was out walking her dog, Lucy, at 9am on Sunday morning and when she returned home, just after ten, she couldn’t open the front door because of the water in the room.
When she tried the back gate, water had moved her plant pots, blocking it and stopping her from opening that also.
“I nearly broke down in tears,” the 76-year-old said.
You may also want to watch:
When she could not get into her house, she ran down the road and asked for help from a council worker. He pushed through the gate and helped her back into her house.
When she entered the room, she said it was like a “pool of black water”.
- 1 Police condemn 'blatant' lockdown breaches as 160 fined
- 2 'We can't tolerate breaches' - Council gives Covid warnings to takeaways
- 3 100 cannabis plants found at three neighbouring properties in village
- 4 MP moves to reassure public as film crew hires out village homes
- 5 Bid to replace bungalow near railway line with five new homes refused
- 6 Destructive stink bugs could be heading for Norfolk
- 7 Village pub opens shop to fill lockdown gap
- 8 'Not in a religious village!' - Residents' shock at drug squad swoop
- 9 Full list: £715,000 to be spent to make 113 Norfolk roads safer
- 10 'Travel bible' names Norfolk beaches in list of UK's best
Mrs Connolly had her front room redecorated just last year, including new furniture, curtains and carpet, which has been completely ruined.
“When you come back here and see this when you are all alone it is devastating,” she said.
“This has just turned my world upside down.”
A neighbour tried to help Mrs Connolly clear some of the water by bringing round his carpet cleaner. She said it had little effect.
“It just kept filling up and up with water; there was no end to it.”
Her family joined her at the home, comforting her through the ordeal and helping her plan her next steps.
North Norfolk District Council told Mrs Connolly that she could not stay in her home and offered to put her in a hotel.
She is instead staying with family in Norfolk.
Other homes and businesses were affected across the town as the severe weather hit.
The Tesco Superstore on Cromer Road was closed after flooding, as was the town’s fire station.