Residents at a “forgotten” village in the Forest of Dean are fuming at the lack of help offered after their homes were flooded out.
Around eight properties in Quayside, Brockweir have faced flooding nightmares since the start of the year as heavy rain and tidal surges on the adjacent River Wye forced families to take drastic measures.
Despite the village escaping the worst of the floods for the last 12 years, flood water from last weekend entered homes around the area.
Lynda Skuse, 64, together with her husband Roger has had to put all their ground floor furniture on garden chairs and tables.
Electronic items including the fridge, freezer, and TV were all damaged as three feet of water entered the property.
Mrs Skuse said it would cost more than £20,000 to replace and repair the plaster on the walls and other furniture.
Having suffered a minor stroke last November, the moving of the furniture has caused enormous distress for the couple.
She said: “It has been a huge nightmare for all of us. We escaped the flooding for the last 12 years, but it has been really difficult since the start of the year.
“The water came up to the front of the house, but two weeks ago the water came into the house.
“We had to move everything on stilts, and the ground floor is completely unusable. Most of the homes around here are facing the same problems.
“We have received no help whatsoever. We tried the Environment Agency, the district council, and other organisations, but no one has bothered.
“It has caused us a great deal of stress. We’ve had to buy pumps and find ways to get the water out of the house, but it keeps lapping in.
“This is the third time since the start of the year, we don’t know what to do. Some sort of help will be nice.
“We could have done with sandbags, but were told to buy them instead. We can’t get to Chepstow to get them, not in this weather.”
Her views were echoed by neighbour Stuart Merrett, 67, who could not use his front door for three weeks with water flooding his ground floor.
About 15 inches of water have drenched his furniture and household items over the last three weeks.
Mr Merrett, who has stayed at Brockweir for years, said: “The last time was in 2000, but we did not have anything of this scale since.
“I’m just shocked we have not had any response from the various organisations. The situation is horrendous, and I couldn’t get out through the front at all.”
And another tidal surge is expected two weeks from now, and both are worried it will get worse if no help is given.
A spokesperson for the Forest of Dean District Council said: “We are not aware of the full details of the incident and will investigate and follow up.”