ELDERLY neighbors have been trapped in their homes by an 8-inch deluge that has turned their gardens into ‘rivers’.
People living in Kenton Bar, Newcastle, face misery after repeated flooding hit 54 homes in Hartburn Walk.
Doris Sellers, who turns 90 this year, is visited by caregivers twice a day.
But with the bad weather, the helpers have trouble getting to their bungalow.
She said: “I have carers who come and they have complained about the water in the past.
“They said their shoes and feet are soaked when they get to my door.
“When it rains it goes past my gate because it floods right into my garden.”
She said she was trapped inside when the weather was particularly bad.
While Doris owns her bungalow, the municipality owns the farm.
“It’s been a problem for many years. I’ll flood near my wall if it gets bad,” she said.
“It’s a real concern, especially in winter when the weather gets worse.”
Flood water flows from high ground to houses in low-lying areas.
Colin Palmer, who is disabled, had to pay around £300 to have a workman erect the fence around his garden.
The 57-year-old said: “I’ve lived here for 21 years and I’ve seen big problems.
“On days when it’s raining heavily, we’re talking about eight inches of standing water in front of the house.”
If you want to sell your house, you have to tell potential buyers about the floods, he says.
“In winter it’s really serious because when it freezes we end up with really thick ice,” he added.
Gerald Temple, 78, has lived in Hartburn Walk for 50 years.
When it rains heavily, the water in front of the house is 20 centimeters high
The retired carpenter said flooding happens “every time” there’s a heavy downpour.
“Part of my fence had to come down because it was rotting,” he said.
“We also had problems with damp parts in the house.”
The council has been awarded £435,000 by the Environment Agency and the Department for Education.
It will use the finds to build low walls and improve drainage.
The money will also be used to build new earthworks.
Labor Councilor Stephen Lambert told Chronicle Live: “The £450,000 flood defense scheme will better protect homes and Kenton Bar Primary School from flooding from surface water.
“Sustainable drainage functions will be built in.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5495404/newcastle-homes-flooded-eight-inches-water/ We are trapped in our homes by 8 INCHES of flood water that is “like a river.”