Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Flood Legal Fight; ONE YEAR ON, COUPLE ARE BACK HOME BUT Pounds 40,000 OUT OF POCKET

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Flood Legal Fight; ONE YEAR ON, COUPLE ARE BACK HOME BUT Pounds 40,000 OUT OF POCKET

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Byline: VICKY ROBSON

A COUPLE who were forced to flee their dream home after it was destroyed by flash floods are taking legal action after being left pounds 40,000 out of pocket.

Andrew and Jacqueline Gilmour's pounds 420,000 retirement bungalow, in Gosforth, Newcastle, had to be stripped bare by builders following torrential downpours during severe summer storms last year.

The couple had to abandon the luxury three-bedroomed property, in Fairway Close, Brunton Park, when drains just yards away started to overflow and swamped the cul-de-sac, a year ago tomorrow. Insurers shelled out pounds 120,000 to rebuild the property, but Andrew and Jacqueline have been left almost pounds 40,000 out of pocket, paying for removals, towards some furnishings and rent while they lived in temporary accommodation for almost a year. Now back home, the couple want compensation for the "distress and upheaval" for what they say has been "an horrendous ordeal" and have been to see a solicitor.

Andrew, 61, and Jacqueline, 62, who run a central heating business together, think Northumbrian Water should pay some of the costs because they belive the drains contributed to the flooding of their home.

Andrew said: "We moved into the bungalow and planned our retirement around the property and the beautiful views overlooking the golf course.

"But we have changed our outlook and what we have now is a paranoid interest in the weather forecast.

"It feels fantastic to be back at home now. There are still little bits to finish off but we are nearly there.

"But it will happen again unless the water company does something about it."

The couple abandoned their home after gallons of stinking water from the sewer pipes running underneath the house began to seep up through the floorboards, leaving the couple kneedeep in filth. …

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