Lowestoft flood victims still need donations of large appliances after tidal surge on December 5
More than 80 homes and nearly 90 businesses were flooded during the tide and volunteers in the community have already managed to clean, redecorate and refurbish eight homes that victims have moved back into. A warehouse has been filled with donations of food and household items, but Lowestoft flood victims are still in desperate need of large electrical appliances like ovens, fridge/freezers and washing machines as they were damaged by the severity of the floods.
It was mum of two Danielle Bailey from Corton that first set up the Help our People Facebook appeal on the night of the tidal surge along with Carly Byham from Lowestoft and Lisa Price from Corton. They have been overwhelmed with the support the community has shown.
Miss Bailey said: “It is lovely how people have been so kind and generous and it is lovely to see where the donations are going. They are just so grateful.
“People are uninsured and couldn’t have done this themselves.”
Since the tidal surge contractors that work for Waveney District Council have cleared away 75 tonnes of water from damaged properties.
Waveney leader Colin Law was also impressed with the community spirit of Lowestoft.
He said: “This is typical of how community spirit works. People rally round in times of adversity and pull together.
“That is exactly what is happening here and it is no more than I would expect.”
The community would appreciate any donations of large appliances.