Last week we posted about flash flooding that hit a small Coastal village in Cornwall called Coverack. A week later and we are starting to see the full extent of damage and devastation that has been left behind as well as an overall cost that residents are likely to incur.
The clean up has begun this week, days after flash flooding brought enough water that rose up to a meter deep. This water relentlessly ripped up roads and damaged over fifty different properties along the way.
Since last week reporters have spoken to two of the residents who were affected by the flooding. Christopher and Penny Hammill described the flood as an “absolute nightmare” after they had to flee upstairs to their bedroom only to be airlifted one at a time out of the window into the field next door.
The likely cost of the flood is around £1m to cover all of the structural damage to all of the roads and buildings in the area. This is a huge sum for such a small village.
That brings us onto the aftermath of home flooding – what exactly do you do once you’re flooded?
Firstly, it is likely that your home won’t be habitable for a while, meaning that you will need to find somewhere else to live in the meantime. Local authorities usually set up emergency accommodation for those in need of it. You should only return to your home once authorities and your insurance company say that it is safe to do so. Your insurance company should also be contacted immediately as they can begin the clean up process. Be prepared for the long-haul as it can take anywhere between 6 and 12 months for a flooded property to be made habitable again.
If you have been affected and need any help and advice on flooding or flood prevention please email me Kevin@floodsense.co.uk