Couple will be out of their home for three months following Braunton flooding
INSURERS have told Bob and Gladys Mitchell they won't be able to move back into their home in South Street, Braunton, for three months.
Their home has been flooded before as a result of blocked drains but this was the first time they have been affected by river water.
It was made worse by cars going past and washing waves into their doorway.
Their home now needs to dry out and assessors will look at what repairs have to be done.
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Bob, 70, said he got up at about 6.50am on the Saturday morning.
He said: "I looked out of the bedroom window and there was a river flowing down South Street. I got down to the bottom of the stairs and it was over my ankles."
His wife Gladys, 72, said: "For the first time ever, it was coming down Gubbins Lane. The insurers have told us we have got to be out of the house for three months.
"It is uninhabitable. The smell is horrendous."
The couple are living in a private holiday let temporarily while their home is sorted out.
Bob said: "It is the first time we have had this sort of flooding in Gubbins Lane.
"I don't know if the flood defence scheme could have done anything about it (but) it seems strange that Gubbins Lane has flooded for the first time with a new flood defence scheme being in place.
"I know this was a pretty nasty one, but surely they can do a lot better than they have done."
The couple said they particularly wanted to thank their friends and neighbours who they said had all been extremely helpful during the flooding crisis.