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THE FOLLOWING IS A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE 2013 FLOODS. POSTED WITH THE AUTHORITY OF THE RESIDENT CONCERNED.
On 3rd July 2012 - a day of constant heavy rain, there was a freak hailstorm between 5.30pm and 6pm. During any heavy rain, water pours onto the section off the road. This time it poured down the lawn and over the wall beside the flats on to the path. The level rose quickly and was soon pouring through very small gaps at either side of the back door with tremendous force. This was extremely frightening as there was no way to stop it. We had to move out and the repairs took three months to complete. The stress and problems with insurance caused me quite severe depression - not helped by trouble with the Council not wanting to take responsibility for damage to my TV or DVD player which were dripping water when being carried out of my flat. Since this I became extremely nervous when it rains heavily. The torrential rain 4-5 weeks ago caused me terrible fear that we were going to be flooded again. The water coming over the wall was like Niagara Falls - so heavy and forceful, and I was ready to leave. The water was just under the bottom of the back door.
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