FLOODING ruined a couple’s kitchen after sandbags they requested during heavy rain never arrived.
Tom Keer, who lives right next to the canal, on Broad Cut Road, Calder Grove, said he was left with a foot of flood water in his home on Friday, July 6.
His first batch of 100 sandbags was delayed as council lorry drivers did not want to cross the bridge to get to his home.
And a second batch of 100 sandbags, which was supposed to be coming by transit van, never arrived.
Mr Keer’s kitchen floor will have to be replaced after it was uplifted by the water.
Mr Keer, 66, said: “If the bags had got here there’s a chance we wouldn’t have been flooded. I have a respiratory disease and nearly died running up and down trying to sort the problem out.”
Mr Keer, who has lived there with his wife Judith for 35 years, said he thought his home had become more vulnerable to flooding since flood defences were built further down the river.
He said: “I don’t believe in the blame and claim culture, I just want someone to come out and see if they can help me protect this place. I was so angry. It was just the lack of response, lack of care.”
Graham West, highways network manager, said: “For health and safety reasons the delivery was delayed while staff checked that the bridge was safe to cross.
“With regards to the request for more bags, the council had to prioritise and get bags to many people who had not yet received any. This meant that we were not able to get any more sandbags to Mr Keer until Saturday morning. And by this time the advice from the Environment Agency and Met Office was to downgrade the event, with no risk of further flooding.
“During the bad weather, the council worked as hard as it could to help residents facing difficulties.”
Floods caused widespread disruption when nearly 40mm fell during 12 hours on Friday, July 6.