Thorney man returns to wrecked home after Somerset flood water levels drop

Somerset County Gazette: Nick Frost shows how high the water level was at its peak. Nick Frost shows how high the water level was at its peak.

HOMES gutted, kitchen appliances stacked on the side of the road, debris and mud scattered across the village.

This was the scene left for residents in Thorney this week after the water levels dropped to reveal the full extent of the damage.

Nick Frost, who has lived in Thorney for 25 years, said he has been living away while the floods gripped his quaint little village.

This week, the electrics were switched off, radiators, toilets and kitchen appliances removed and builders starting work to peel back the plaster from the walls of his 17th Century Grade II-listed home.

He said: “We have had this for nine or ten weeks now so the whole emotional side of things has all gone. Instead we just have to get on with it.

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“The walls are part stone and part cob, which is made up of sand, clay and water, so the water has got into them and the people from English Heritage need to assess how bad the damage is because this is the first time it has flooded.

“I am embarrassed because I have moved away to live while some of the others have stayed living here.”

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Mr Frost said when the worst of the weather hit, there was around two feet of water swamping his home, which used to be the former Rising Sun pub and skittle alley.

He added: “Our lives have been completely changed for three months but it has brought the best out of people - there are some in the village who I have seen more of in the last three months than all the time I have lived here.”

The roads from Thorney to Muchelney and Kingsbury Episcopi have been open for around a week and only one route out of Mucheleny, heading north towards Langport through Huish Episcopi, is still several feet underwater.

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Another of the victims to the floods was the 98-year-old grandfather of big-name fashion designer Alice Temperley, originally from Burrow Hill, Kingsbury Episcopi, whose home gutted by the relentless flood water and had to be evacuated.

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