MUM Wendy Carrington spent thousands redecorating her home after flash floods struck just weeks ago – only to see all her hard work washed away as the deluge returned.
The 31-year-old’s life has been turned upside down for the second time in six weeks after her newly-repaired home was hit by flooding again.
Ms Carrington said: “I’ve been crying constantly and I can’t sleep because I’m worried this could happen again.”
Her home in Fellside Court, Albany, Washington, was hit during Thunder Thursday in June.
Since then the family have been moved to another property in the street but have also been living at Ms Carrington’s parent’s house, also in the same street.
But after finally moving back into their home and spending thousands of pounds re-decorating, the family has again been left stunned after Sunday’s deluge hit.
Other houses along the Washington street have also had similar problems stopping water pouring in.
Ms Carrington tried desperately to block both doors to the house with bed quilts, but the downstairs living room, hallway and kitchen were still left drenched.
“There was nothing we could do to stop it coming in here,” said Ms Carrington, mum to Jordan, 12, Jenna-Lee, six, and Shaun, 18 months.
“It’s just devastating.
“It’s going to have to be dried out now but I don’t know how long that will take.”
Ms Carrington, who works for Wilkinsons, also says that a number of youngsters, including her own children, are suffering from sickness after being in close proximity to the flood water.
“My kids have had diarrhoea and have been ill for a while.
“I think it’s because of the flood water still being in the streets and the kids playing out there.”
Despite the return of the flood problems, Ms Carrington wants to keep her family in the street, but called on housing provider Gentoo to make houses in Fellside Court flood-resistant.
“My eldest son goes to Oxclose School and my daughter goes to Albany School and I work at the Galleries,” she said.
“My life is here, so I don’t want to move.” Ian Porter, managing director of Gentoo Sunderland said: “We are working closely with all the customers who have been affected by the recent flooding and adverse weather conditions.
“By working with Northumbrian Water Ltd, who own and are responsible for water, drainage and sewerage services, we are currently investigating the drainage provisions to prevent the possibility of flooding happening again.”
“Due to the severity of the floods in the Albany area, we have been working with customers on an individual basis, assessing their housing needs and even re-housing where possible. We will continue to communicate with customers to resolve concerns about the future of their properties on both a community and personal basis.”