Cleobury firm help couple return home after floods

Welcome home: Cornbrook managing director Matt Breakwell with Beryl and Dave Underhill.

Devasting: The flood waters reached three feet in the Underhill’s bungalow.

First published in Local

A CLEOBURY Mortimer-based construction company has helped an elderly couple return home after a devastating flood ruined their bungalow.

David and Beryl Underhill, of Tenbury Road, in Cleobury Mortimer, had to be rescued by firefighters after a nearby brook burst its banks and flooded their home.

The flood happened during a major rain storm and saw water rise to three feet last July.

Building firm Cornbrook Construction has helped to repair the damage and put in flood defence measures designed to keep future floodwater at bay.

Measures taken include waterproof insulation in external walls, fitting covers on ventilation bricks, relocating a storm drain manhole so it is behind flood barriers along the garden fence, installing flood boards in all doorways and moving all electrical sockets up the walls.

Retired carpenter Mr Underhill, 82, and former stock controller Mrs Underhilll, 81, had to live in rented accommodation in Kinlet, in Shropshire, while the repairs took place.

During that time, Mr Underhill suffered a serious bladder infection and a heart attack.

Mrs Underhill said: “It has been a very trying time for us but we are so glad to be able to get back into our home.

“Cornbrook Construction has done a wonderful job and their staff couldn’t have been more helpful and understanding. However, I am worried that all their excellent work could be in vain if there’s another flood.

“The only thing I was able to save were my photographs. After 62 years of marriage, that’s all I thought of. I didn’t want to lose them.”

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