Published: 00:00, 29 May 2014
| Updated: 10:45, 29 May 2014
Flood victims in Albert Road have been battling for a week to dry out their homes after last Wednesday night’s heavy rainfall.
Carol Lenthall, a resident of 14 years, said the flooding was the worst she had ever experienced, forcing her to take her home off the market and move out temporarily.
The grandmother said: “The walls need replastering, the carpets are ruined, there is a crack in the concrete floor and the kitchen needs retiling.”
The constant whirring of de-humidifiers is wearing her down, and on Tuesday she said: “I’m fed up with it. Today is a cry day.”
MP Charlie Elphicke has pledged to help by meeting Southern Water.
The downpour on Wednesday night led to the overworked drains spewing out sewage into a foot-deep lake of rainwater.
Motorists continued to drive through, washing the water into homes until the residents stopped the traffic themselves.
The water receded by Thursday morning but the clean-up has been long, costly and de-moralising.
MP Charlie Elphicke is calling for re-investment into the drains by Southern Water.
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