Flood victim is target for thief

PUBLISHED: 01:01 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 20 April 2010

We are all aware of the devastating floods and freak storms that have hit Ottery St Mary and Newton Poppleford last Wednesday night, but we also experienced very bad flooding in Awliscombe. I would like to thank friends and neighbours who have helped ou

We are all aware of the devastating floods and freak storms that have hit Ottery St Mary and Newton Poppleford last Wednesday night, but we also experienced very bad flooding in Awliscombe. I would like to thank friends and neighbours who have helped out with the clear up from our farmhouse and farm buildings on the River Wolf. It is a heartbreaking time watching your belongings disappear down the River and experiencing water coming into the house about two foot up. If we had had warning that this was going to happen, we would have moved things to higher ground. Unfortunately, the water took my garden furniture with it towards the River Otter, which at the time was the least of our worries. It later transpired that neighbours further down at Weston had retrieved the table from the river and put it by the gateway. On their return later, they found it had been taken. So whoever has my table, I hope you found the chairs as they match very well. I cannot believe that someone would stoop so low. In comparison to the amount of damage that has occurred in the farmhouse, it is nothing and, luckily, no one from our family was hurt. We did not loose any animals, either - although other farmers in the area have. It makes me angry to think that someone can be happy to benefit from someone else's heartache. Hope they enjoy it. Sally Maynard Awliscombe


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