Lifeboat res­cue for pen­sioner and pet

74-YEAR-OLD’S KITCHEN ‘RU­INED’ WHEN WA­TER FROM BURST MAIN FLOODED INTO HER HOME

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - News - By MARTIN ELVERY martin.elvery@reach­plc Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

A PEN­SIONER and her pet dog had to be res­cued in a lifeboat as “all of a sud­den” wa­ter flooded into her home, with sand­bags pow­er­less to stop the wa­ter ru­in­ing her brand new kitchen.

Mar­ian Hask­ins, 74, was in her home on Lovi­bonds Av­enue, in Yiewsley, when wa­ter from a burst main flowed down the street on Sun­day Septem­ber 16.

In places the wa­ter was waist deep and Mrs Hask­ins was one of sev­eral peo­ple who had to be evac­u­ated from homes in the street by lifeboat.

She said: “I was in bed and the fire bri­gade came round and gave us sand­bags.

“I put them against the door but it was no good. All of a sud­den the wa­ter flooded in. It went right through my lounge and con­ser­va­tory and ru­ined my new kitchen.

“My dog Lola was so fright­ened she wouldn’t go down on the floor.

“It’s been a bad year for me and this has just topped it off. I feel like I’ve got no luck.”

It is es­ti­mated the wa­ter reached be­tween 10 to 15 inches in­side Mrs Hask­ins’ home at the high­est point.

David Towler, who also lives on Lovi­bond Av­enue, said: “Fire­fight­ers came and knocked about 9pm and said you ought to know the road is flooded.

“We didn’t get flooded out un­til about mid­night and the whole down­stairs was flooded. It wasn’t too bad as me and my wife have been in Scout­ing for many years so we had some idea of what to do. Our con­ser­va­tory was up to four inches, our garage six inches.

“We’ve al­ways said we would never get flooded be­cause we live on a hill but we never ex­pected the wa­ter to come down the hill to­wards us.

An Affin­ity Wa­ter spokesman said on Mon­day morn­ing: “We are sorry for any in­con­ve­nience caused by a burst main at Fall­ing Lane, in West Dray­ton, last night.

“This caused flood­ing to a num­ber prop­er­ties in the area and we are pro­vid­ing sup­port to those whose homes have been flooded.

“We are ar­rang­ing bot­tled wa­ter sup­plies for cus­tomers in vul­ner­a­ble sit­u­a­tions and other cus­tomers in the area.

“Our tech­ni­cians have been work­ing through­out the night to ex­ca­vate the area around the burst so the com­plex re­pairs can be com­pleted. We would like to thank our cus­tomers for their pa­tience.”

A Hilling­don Coun­cil spokes­woman said: “Coun­cil of­fi­cers were on the scene through­out Sun­day night sup­port­ing res­i­dents af­fected by the flood­ing. We are con­tin­u­ing to sup­port Affin­ity Wa­ter with the clean-up op­er­a­tion.”

Mar­ian Hask­ins and her grand­son Daniel Curle at her home which was flooded on Septem­ber 16

IM­AGE: ADAM SZYMICZEK

Lifeboats were on standby to help evac­u­ate res­i­dents when a wa­ter main burst in West Dray­ton

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