‘Emotional rollercoaster’ since flash floods in Devon

by | May 23, 2023 | Science

Hilary Pinfold’s house and garden were flooded during the downpours earlier in MayCommunities have pulled together through what has been “an emotional rollercoaster” since flash flooding caused major disruption in Devon.The villages of Tipton St John, Newton Poppleford and Venn Ottery were some of the worst affected earlier in May.A 6ft (1.8m) wall in Hilary Pinfold’s garden in Newton Poppleford collapsed during the downpours, and the downstairs of her house was flooded.She said the response from the local community had been “absolutely amazing”.The Environment Agency said the flood was the “worst flood experienced in Newton Poppleford for 50 years”She said they were “incredibly grateful to the response of the community” and strangers had also helped with the clean up operation.People have helped to wash clothes, bed linen, and towels which had been used to try and stop flooding in the house.Flash flooding brought masses of mud to Burrow Lane, in Newton Poppleford, where Mrs Pinfold livesSince the floods, Mrs Pinfold said she and her husband had been on an “emotional rollercoaster”.She said they had been “totally reliant on friends and neighbours”.Mr Pete Button said one of the classrooms at the school was still out of action because of damage from the floodsIn Tipton St John, head teacher of the school, Pete Button, said one of the classrooms was still out of action because of damage from the floods.”We’re hopeful that we might be able to get carpets in and the children back in after half-term.”Mr Button said the school had been using the back of the village hall since their classroom was flooded.”There’s a small room in there which is not ideal.”Most of the children are Year 2 children who are doing SATs at the moment, and this has been an extra challenge.”Follow BBC News South West on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Send your story ideas to [email protected]

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