EVACUATED families from flooded Sandhurst Lane are calling for their own homes to be demolished to save them the continued misery of seeing everything they have worked for engulfed in water.
Families have had to leave their homes and seek temporary shelter after the devastating floods arrived last week.
Some fear their homes could now be worthless after their fourth flooding since 2000.
Waters are around two feet deep in some houses. Sewage flushed out of septic tanks and from the River Severn has left behind a toxic legacy that will be felt for months.
Lynn Woodman, who works at Kingsholm Primary School, is staying at the New County Hotel until she can find some temporary accommodation.
“It is unliveable at the moment,” she said. “Water has come into all our homes. I’ve lived there all my life. I’m 47 and it is my parents’ house. We had 48 inches in 2007 and it is not far off that. You will have a hard job to protect our houses. We get surrounded and can’t get out. It has been going on since Christmas. We can’t get to work and there is raw sewage in our homes. Our cars are up on higher ground, but we can’t get to them. We have no transport. We are trying to look after ourselves, but it is too hard now. We need help. No one would want to buy our houses. There should be a compulsory purchase order on them so we can move. It will only get worse, it is like a death sentence for us. We need help to move so these houses can be razed to the ground. My 14-year-old son has not been to school for three weeks. It is very unsettling.”
It is less than 12 months since Lynn has been back into her home following the 2012 floods. Rats and rubbish from uncollected bins have also washed into properties, leaving them uninhabitable for many months to come, she said.
One family has remained in the area, determined to keep watch over their neighbouring properties to help keep looters at bay.
Forced to take time off work as they have been left stranded without use of their cars, the financial nightmare has only just begun for some.
Another Sandhurst resident, Karen Powell, is desperately trying to find temporary accommodation for her 92-year-old grandmother, 70-year-old mum and two boys, one who has special needs. Karen has had to take 17 days holiday from Gloucestershire College where she works so she can keep paying the bills, but time is running out.
She said: “ My grandmother has lived there all her life, as have we. Our homes are in the lap of the gods now, at the mercy of the weather and the river.
“Insurance companies do not pay for loss of earnings. We are so angry with the MPs who have done nothing for us.
“We had to take in a van driver who got stuck and he was with us for eight hours. If we had left him in his vehicle for that time he would have died of hypothermia. Somebody will die if nothing changes.”