Couple may have to demolish home as its almost completely consumed by floods

A couple are preparing for their bungalow to be demolished after it was almost completely subsumed by flood waters.

As rain continues to fall on Yorkshire and waterways such as the River Aire continue to spill over, towns in East Riding are getting deeper and deeper underwater.

The Met Office has declared this month as the wettest February since records began in 1862 – with a UK average of 202.1mm, beating the February 1990 figure of 193.4mm.

Huge amounts of that have fallen on Yorkshire, where dozens of flood warnings have been issued for low lying areas across the county.

Two of the people whose lives have been massively impacted by the flood are Kevin and Catherine Lorryman.

They live in a bungalow in Snaith which is now almost completely underwater.

Kevin said seeing only the roof of his home rising above the floodwater is "heartbreaking".

"We are going to have to demolish I think," he told the BBC.

Mrs Lorryman added: "We are just in a dream world at the moment and there are people all over this town exactly the same, it's a nightmare."

Kevin's story was first reported by Hull Live on Wednesday when his home was under just 2ft of water.

At that point the water levels had risen to just below the windows, consuming the outside the property.

“It was 1971 when that house was built and it’s never been wet," he said at the time.

"It’s never been like this. Never. It’s 2ft deep. If it goes another foot, we’re going to have to go in and put stuff on top of the kitchen worktop.

"We’re going to have to get a container hired and physically take all the stuff out with a team of us.

"We’ll probably never get insurance again. I’m going to have to flood proof it. I’m going to rebuild it in case it happens again. That’s all I can do."

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Thousands of items including clothing, bedding and toiletries have been donated for those people who were forced to leave their homes and are being distributed at the sports hall in Snaith.

The Lorrymans are not the only family impacted by the floods.

Linda Bonner said she has lived in Snaith for 40 years and was unable to sleep due to the worry.

“I live just around the corner and we’re all sandbagged up off George Street," she said on Wednesday morning.

"I’ve not slept all night. You’re looking out to see what is happening. I’ve been here nearly 40 years and I’ve not seen anything like this. Never.”

Sandra East, who has lived in Snaith for 50 years, said "everybody is concerned".

“It’s never been like this," she said. "You’re alarmed aren’t you?

“Water never chooses where it’s going to go and you don’t know where it’s going to go so everyone is alarmed.

"Everybody is concerned, not just for themselves. It’s a good community and people are concerned about each other.”

In Snaith planners recommended steps to mitigate flooding risks including making some houses capable of withstanding 30cm of water.

But distraught residents in the area are now dealing with flooding nearly at ceiling level.

Andrew Percy, the MP for the area, has met with residents and Environment Agency chiefs today, and called for the government to review how it allocates flood defence money.

Mr Percy, Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole, said : "We live in a flood risk area, but there's no precedent of it in this area, there's no record of flooding in this area.

"There has been a record level of rainfall, but it is becoming more normal and we need to look at how we need to manage flood resources in the country.

"Simply having all the water landing here at the bottom of the catchment isn't ideal.

"The government is going to have to do a full review of how we deposit flood defence resources."

Rain-soaked areas in East Yorkshire have been battered by torrential downpours for several days, causing the River Aire to bust its banks and leave an area the size of Lake Windermere under water.

Despite the dramatic water levels, last night there were no reported evacuations in deluged towns in East Yorkshire for the first night since the flooding started, authorities have said.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council said water levels are generally dropping or remaining stable in Snaith, Gowdall, East Cowick and West Cowick, but are expected to remain high for several days.

Stephen Hunt, head of planning and development at the local authority, said: "Storm Jorge appears to have passed with limited effect and the overall situation has stabilised.

"However, while the water levels are generally dropping they are expected to stay high over the coming days.

"While we are still very much in the response phase, the council has started planning for the recovery operation that will follow but that can only happen when the risk of further flooding subsides."

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