Treasured items ruined, homes unfit to occupy

Anna Bartlett inspects her flood-damaged property in her Kinmont Park garage yesterday with...
Anna Bartlett inspects her flood-damaged property in her Kinmont Park garage yesterday with friend Nadia Bird. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The flooded lounge in Nadia Bird's Mosgiel house. Photo supplied.
The flooded lounge in Nadia Bird's Mosgiel house. Photo supplied.

When Anna Bartlett evacuated her flooded Kinmont Park home on Wednesday she saw her fridge floating in a metre of water.

Every room in the house she shared with her two children, aged 3 and 8, was ''sodden'' and the water level reached the mattresses in the bedrooms.

''It happened really quick.''

The house was insured, but she was in tears as she surveyed the damage yesterday.

The insurance could not replace treasured items, such as family photographs and baby books.

''That's all my old school reports,'' she said pointing at a saturated folder in the garden.

With the help of friends, she filled a skip bin with damaged property yesterday.

''It's horrific.''

She had spoken to her insurance company but did not know when an assessor would visit.

She feared it would be some time before her family could return to the house.

''It's frustrating.''

Helping Ms Bartlett yesterday was a friend, Nadia Bird, whose house in Woodland Ave, Mosgiel, was also damaged.

She said the water in her lounge had been 25cm deep.

''Our house is unlivable,'' Mrs Bird said.

Her house was near a farm block, and the floodwaters in the house contained sheep and cattle faeces.

''The worst part for us was the cars driving past and pushing waves through the house,'' Mrs Bird said.

shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

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