Flood victims plead for help

Gideon Wood of Bowfell Close, Mereside who claims his home has flooded seven times in four years after Blackpool Council built a footpath behind his home.'The water now drains over the footpath and into his home whereas before it was absorbed by the grass on the field.'He has been unable to fit a kitchen or put carpets down in his home because it has flooded so many times.

Gideon Wood of Bowfell Close, Mereside who claims his home has flooded seven times in four years after Blackpool Council built a footpath behind his home.'The water now drains over the footpath and into his home whereas before it was absorbed by the grass on the field.'He has been unable to fit a kitchen or put carpets down in his home because it has flooded so many times.

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FLOOD victims are pleading for help after their homes were damaged for the fourth time in seven years.

August’s unseasonal torrential rain saw two homes on Bowfell Avenue, Mereside, overcome by water – a fate the owners claim could have been avoided.

Giddeon Wood, 42, says he has been unable to fit his home with a carpet since Blackpool Council put a footpath into a field behind his semi-detached house.

He claims the field absorbed the water and drained it away, however, after part of it was removed there is nothing to act as a barrier and his home, along with his next door neighbour’s, is being drenched.

He told The Gazette: “The field just hasn’t got the capacity to hold a large amount of water any more, but they are adamant the ground level hasn’t changed.

“I want them to put the field right and help me out.

“I’ve seen Blackpool Coastal Housing install new kitchens across the road while I keep my work surfaces up with bricks.”

Neighbour Merelene Rogers, 80, added: “It’s been a problem here for a while and terrible to have to keep dealing with flooding.

“All the council have told me to do is buy sandbags, but nobody sells them.”

Peter Jefferson, chief executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing said: “Improvements were made to the wetland near Bowfell Close a few years ago to embrace the high level of water in the area and its tendency to flood.

“We have spoken to Mr Wood about the issue he has had due to the recent heavy rainfall, and will revisit the site to find out exactly what the cause of this flooding was, and whether it could be stopped in the future.

“A reason for the flooding at this property is yet to be determined, however if it is possible for us to help alleviate it, we will work to do so.”