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Flood victims in Albert Road, Deal, Kent, are still battling to dry out homes after the worst flood in memory.

29 May 2014
by Beth Robson

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.

Albert Road, Deal, under a foot of water. Picture by David Christie of Crystal Memories.

Albert Road, Deal, under a foot of water. Picture by David Christie of Crystal Memories.

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.”

A week after the floods and Carol Lenthall's home is still drying out, costing thousands to put right. Picture Tony Flashman

A week after the floods and Carol Lenthall's home is still drying out, costing thousands to put right. Picture: Tony Flashman

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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