Elderly woman loses everything but her clothes in Braunton flooding
AN ELDERLY woman has lost virtually everything in the floods.
Margaret Colly, 89, was rescued from her ground floor flat in Caen Street, Braunton, in the nick of time.
Just minutes later flood water invaded her one bedroom home, to the depth of three feet.
When she moved there six months ago, she bought all new furniture which could not be salvaged after the flood.
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All she has left is her clothes as the floodwaters did not reach the wardrobe.
Mrs Colly, who is currently living with her son David at his home in Dyers Close, is waiting for a local agency to find her another place.
On the morning of the flooding, she received a knock on the door from someone warning her about the imminent flood.
Still wearing a nightie and dressing gown, she was carried by two men to the nearby newsagents.
From there she went to the George Hotel where the landlord made her a cup of tea.
Later she was given breakfast while attempts were made to get in contact with her daughter Zena Corke who lives in Knowle.
As the police had blocked the roads and Zena couldn't get through by car, she walked the distance to Braunton later in the morning.
As there was no way her mother could make it to Knowle on foot, she arranged for her to stay at The George until she could move into her son's.
Looking back at her ordeal Mrs Colly said: "I couldn't even cry I was just so shocked. Seeing my children and grandchildren made it all right. I am very lucky and blessed to have such a family. That's the way I look at it."
Her son David Colly praised the people behind Braunton Community News whose Facebook page offered help to flood victims.
After he contacted them a group turned up to help him get the wet furniture out of his mum's flat. They also disposed of it later.
He said: "They have been absolutely marvellous. Without their help I don't know what I would have done."