A couple lost everything after the houseboat lived flooded and sunk – minutes after escaping.
James Warren, 55, and his wife Lorraine, 48, woke up on Monday 17 February to find that the houseboat at Pillings Lock in Barrow-upon-Soar near Loughborough had started to bend, as the flood waters had caused the rising water level.
Lorraine said to Loughborough’s echo: “We realized that the boat was tilted, James went out to take a look and I didn’t hear anything.
“I decided to get up on my own and when I actually got up, you could feel thin.
“I walked from the bedroom to the living room and I just heard people scream” get out, get out “and I turned around and the water was coming in.”
Lorraine rushed out and in 11 minutes the houseboat had capsized and was sinking.
The boat contained all their earthly possessions – so they literally lost everything.
The top floor of the double decker boat has been ripped off and the inside of the entire boat is damaged and wet.
The Charnwood District Council gave them emergency bed and breakfast accommodation for a few days and currently they stay in a friend’s friend’s room, but find it difficult to find a rental property to live on, as all their documents for prove who got lost in the flood.
Lorraine even had to borrow clothes from her 25-year-old granddaughter.
The costs of the disaster are already rising. Recovery experts spent a couple of days floating the boat again, at a cost of around £ 1,800 a day, and had to hire jumps to get rid of all the damaged items, which also cost around £ 2,000.
And to add to their problems, they hadn’t renewed their home insurance.
Lorraine said: “It was the most beautiful house and James built it.
“He was simply beautiful, he was very, very proud of it and it was a real love job for him.”
A relative created a crowdfunding page to help raise money for the couple to help them get back on their feet, pay for their clothes and cover the costs of the rescue.
He raised over £ 2,000 and can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2Vma372
Lorraine said she was elated by the kindness shown by people in making donations and added that despite the disaster, they want to rebuild it and make it home again in the end.