Floods mum: We feel trapped

Jenny Buckett and son Edward in the flood-hit scene outside her house in Hambledon
Jenny Buckett and son Edward in the flood-hit scene outside her house in Hambledon

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MUM-of-two Jenny Buckett has spoken of her ordeal after raw sewage spewed into her kitchen in flood-stricken Hambledon.

The 38-year-old’s house is surrounded by a river of water and it led to the sewers backing up and forcing sewage through her downstairs toilet.

Mrs Buckett, of Old Barn Crescent, said: ‘I was just getting the kids ready for bed and basically everything came out of the downstairs toilet and on to the kitchen floor.

‘It was just the sheer weight of water and everything backing up.

‘They were here until about 12.30am trying to sort it out. The tankers are now outside constantly pumping it away.’

Mrs Buckett, mum of one-year-old Edward and three-year-old Holly, is now unable to use her downstairs toilet and sandbags surround it in case it overflows again.

She added: ‘The worst thing is outside. Trying to get Holly to preschool, the water is up to her knees.

‘With two little ones and a dog, trying to get out is horrendous. You feel trapped.’

Mrs Buckett will be one of dozens of residents set to benefit from provisions delivered by Asda in Waterlooville yesterday.

Soups, biscuits, bottled water, mops and buckets were among the haul delivered to the village hall.

Karen Clark, community life champion for Asda, said: ‘We did a bit of a Dale Winton supermarket sweep round the shop.

‘It’s £300-worth today and I have been told if there’s any other items the residents need, then we can help them.’

Sara Park, 42, one of the 100-strong team of resident volunteers, said: ‘To have somebody to come and deliver this amount of help, without being asked, we are thrilled.

‘It really will make a difference to people who are struggling. Today with the rain and looking at the forecast, people are getting very tired. To have someone drop off a few things, who doesn’t know them, it might make them cheer up a little bit.’

Yesterday the water was rising and up to 40 homes are in danger of flooding.

Tony Higham, chairman of Hambledon Flood Action Group, said: ‘There does come a point where we run out of technology and there’s nothing more to give.

‘We are pretty close to that for a number of properties at the moment.

‘We have 70mph gales forecast over the next couple of days.

‘That’s our biggest concern. We have 1,000 electrical pumps running and if there’s a power cut, we are in serious trouble.’