Tilbury man whose home was hit by floods angry after council ignored his warnings (From Thurrock Gazette)
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Tilbury man whose home was hit by floods angry after council ignored his warnings
HEAVY rain left a man’s home flooded.
John Battie’s council home in Cowper Road, Tilbury, was hit hard as storms battered the borough.
But by the time the council had delivered sandbags, a huge puddle had formed outside his house and begun seeping in under the door, ruining his wooden floor.
Mr Battie, 68, and his wife Juliet have even bought wellies - just to get in and out of the house.
He wants a pump to get the water out of his front garden and prevent more damage being done to his beloved home of 40 years.
The former welder said: “I told the council we would have problems but they didn’t act. By the time they brought sandbags, it was too late.
“I was reporting problems a week before Christmas. Since then I’ve been asking for a pump so I can clear the water but they say they can’t and won’t supply it. It’s all about money and I’m sure there are people far worse affected than me.”
A council spokesman said: “The council does not carry such a pump in its stock.
“However, the pump would not have prevented flooding, it would simply have pumped flood water out. The tenant was informed of this.”
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