Floods force family out of home again

Flooding family Lori Berry, Mark Smith and daughter Ronnie
Flooding family Lori Berry, Mark Smith and daughter Ronnie

A family from Kimberley have been left devastated after being forced out of their home by flooding for the second time in a year.

Lori Berry and Mark Smith from Swingate have been left without a home for them and their 16-month-old daughter, Ronnie.

Flooding damage, Kimberley

Flooding damage, Kimberley

Heavy rain that caused floods around the county on Monday last week (June 9) caused the drains in the pavement outside their house to fill up and spill out into the family home.

This has come less than a year after their home was left uninhabitable by £40,000 worth of damage from flooding the first time.

Lori said that last year they were told by the authorities that it was a freak event and would not happen again.

She added: “It is very upsetting for us, but even worse for our daughter, who has been left really unsettled.

“It is hard to cope with it yourself, but even harder for a child. Ronnie has spent more time in temprary accomodation than in her own home.

“When we were told it wouldn’t happen again we half accepted it, but took precautions of our own by placing sandbags. We only just moved back in in January.”

Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe, said that if Notts County Council and Severn Trent Water had worked together to solve the problem, it wouldn’t have happened.

She added: “What happened to the family is absolutely terrible, I feel awfully sorry for them, they are now back to square one.”