Residents near Hitchin speak of effects of bad weather and flooding

Flooding in Little Wymondley. Photo by Paul Croft via Twitter

Flooding in Little Wymondley. Photo by Paul Croft via Twitter - Credit: Archant

Residents have spoken about the moment water entered their homes and the effects of widespread flooding this morning (Friday).

John O'Connor workers fill sandbags to protect the Plume and Feathers Pub in Little Wymondley

John O'Connor workers fill sandbags to protect the Plume and Feathers Pub in Little Wymondley - Credit: Archant

People living in Little Wymondley near Hitchin spent most of the morning clearing away access rain water after heavy showers last night (Thursday).

Ringway workers JJ Davies and Jason Grimes help lay sandbags across residents driveways in Little Wy

Ringway workers JJ Davies and Jason Grimes help lay sandbags across residents driveways in Little Wymondley - Credit: Archant

Speaking to the Comet about the damage caused by the rain, Christine Marshall, who lives on Stevenage Road, said: “We woke up very early because we thought there had been a power cut, we came down stairs and there was water up to the second staircase. The water has come into two or three rooms and the front drive was like a lake.”

Police in Little Wymondley with sandbags on the road

Police in Little Wymondley with sandbags on the road - Credit: Archant

The 66-year-old, who has lived on the main road for the past 29 years, said neighbours the police and fire service had been busy helping residents secure and prevent water from coming into properties.

“The fire service and police have been very helpful, providing us with sand bags. We have now moved our furniture upstairs and bagged things up.”


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The Plume of Feathers pub on Stevenage Road has also been closed for business due to the damage caused by the water.

Relief manager Ellen Roy said: “The water has damaged the carpet and the front of the pub needs to be jet washed. We have about five to six inches of water but we have managed to get rid of it all and will be open for business tonight.”

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Paul Watts, another resident of Stevenage Road, Little Wymondley, said: “We had about two inches of water and some of it has gone under our floor boards.”

Mr Watts said he had never seen the village like this before.

Residents have now prepared for more bad weather which has been forecast tonight and over the weekend.

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