So we have flooded again in 10 months. I can explain to you how depressing and how hard it is to see your lovely house that we have literally just completed get covered in water again. This time things need to be different as the baby is due in 7 weeks.
It started on Monday morning. It was the scariest thing I was just leaving to go to work at 8AM when I heard a banging coming from our garden. I saw a big puddle forming on the drive and then I saw it start to deepen. I ran back in the house and to the back of the property and the water was spilling up out of the ground like an explosion. I grabbed towels and a double duvet to try and stop the water coming into the house from the back as it was already knee deep outside. I put the guineapig in its cage on the table and locked the cat upstairs. It was pure panic as the water started to seep in through the walls and under the kitchen units in the kitchen and living room. I called my husband who immediately came home from work and I also called my parents who came down to help. The house was flooded again in 10 minutes. It was unbelievable and the scariest thing I had seen.
My neighbours were amazing and took the furniture from our house into their homes and what wasn’t taken out was taken upstairs. By this point it had reached ankle depth in the kitchen and the rug in the living room was soaking the rest. My parent’s friends arrived with mops and buckets and we began to mop the water out of the house. We were able to clear the living room in about 30 minutes whilst the water in our cellar came up to the top step which as you can imagine is very deep. The water stopped coming in at 12:30 and through sheer hard work we had managed to save my furniture and keep the water levels down.
All this water has come from a Victorian Culvert that runs under the property. We have a storm drain as well that goes above this and the culvert has collapsed. This has left me with 2 sinkholes at my property outside. The local Council have been helping us a lot and were able by Thursday to stop the water coming into the house through the cellar. They have dug down to find the culvert and find the blockage. You would not believe what they found down there, 4 tyres, melted plastic bits of fabric which when all combined together have resulted in a blockage that was never cleared or sorted last time. I have given them permission to dig into our garden to do this So I really hope it is all put back. I have also been to a town council meeting this week to raise the issues and get their attention. I’ve also been interviewed on ITV Granada which was on television and two local papers as I want people and the council to realise what’s happening.
I have been doing loads of research into flooding at my property and due to the culvert and the natural springs of Mossley the house has flooded before. In 1998 and 2004. But it didn’t flood again till 2016 so what has happened now to make me homeless again? There are a load of new build properties behind my house which have blocked the overspill areas for the water and mean that when it floods it heads straight for us and not where it is safer and meant to be.
I am hoping that with the council’s help we can clear the blockages and keep the water levels down. I am also hoping that my neighbours will stand with me to speak to the council and make them aware of the dangers of not maintaining water ways in a town full of people. Meanwhile we may have to pay ourselves for the work to be done at our house as our insurance company are so slow and I have a baby coming in 8 weeks. Through sheer hard work and luck that I was there we were able to save a lot. The fear is that if we spend more of our money, money that was all meant for the baby, and the house floods again I will be left in a worse state. This can’t happen again I cannot allow it so I will be fighting as much as I can to stop it.