Cou­ple’s heart­break at sec­ond flood in two years

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS - Hy­wel Trewyn

A YOUNG cou­ple have told of their dev­as­ta­tion af­ter their home was flooded for the sec­ond time in two years.

Emma Jones, 30, and her hus­band, Alan, 37, were left an­kle deep in muddy water in their “beau­ti­ful” house at Edern, Pwll­heli, on Wed­nes­day evening.

Mrs Jones said: “The water was com­ing in from the sod­den ground un­der­neath and we were up to our an­kles in it.

“The car­pet, rug, so­fas have been spoilt. We will have to dig up the con­crete floor.

“We can’t use our shower, toi­let or wash­ing ma­chine since the flood be­cause the drains are full of flood­wa­ter. The water had been col­lect­ing in the coun­cil’s ditch and had been pool­ing out­side our house. There was so much water com­ing in.”

He added: “This is the sec­ond time we’ve suf­fered be­cause the ditches failed two years ago. We had a site meet­ing with Gwynedd coun­cil of­fi­cers but we feel let down.”

The cou­ple, who got mar­ried in May, have to pay a £2,500 ex­cess on their in­surance af­ter they were flooded pre­vi­ously. Mrs Jones said: “We spent all our sav­ings on our wed­ding. We re­ally don’t know what to do now.”

They are be­ing sup­ported by fam­ily, friends and lo­cal coun­cil­lor Sian Hughes, who said: “I want to try and fix this prob­lem once and for all.”

A Gwynedd coun­cil spokesper­son said: “Fol­low­ing flood­ing at this par­tic­u­lar prop­erty two years ago, of­fi­cers vis­ited the site and a flood re­port was pro­duced, copies of which were sent to the own­ers.

“The re­port high­lighted some is­sues that could ex­as­per­ate flood­ing prob­lems, such as the fact the prop­erty is be­low the road and the drainage sys­tem is poor. As is the case with all in­stances of flood­ing, the coun­cil will be car­ry­ing out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“It is im­por­tant to note that all house­hold­ers have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to safe­guard their in­di­vid­ual prop­er­ties and that mop­ping up af­ter in­stances of flood­ing is the owner’s re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

● The home of Emma Jones and hus­band Alan was flooded af­ter a ditch over­flowed and water en­tered their home at Edern, Pwll­heli

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