Couple’s heartbreak at second flood in two years
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