Storm Ciara flood victim who has lost everything shares video of horrific scene

A devastated flood victim who lost everything in Storm Ciara has released this video to show the horror residents in the Calder Valley have been facing.

Topshop manager Hannah Flood, and her partner, painter and decorator, David Spiteri, both 38, have spoken of their heartbreak after their home was engulfed by flood water.

Hannah told how they had to leave a huge pile of their ruined belongings in front of their home after the river burst its banks on Sunday.

The couple, who live in a rented home in Whitehouses, in Mytholmroyd, were one of at least 730 properties affected by the “storm of the century”.

Now they are bracing themselves for more pain as Storm Dennis blows in this weekend.


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She tells the Mirror: “Ours was the biggest pile of belongings left out on the pavement.

“When the water started coming in we just didn't have time to move everything. My partner has broken his leg, so I was trying to move what I could on my own.

“I was panicking and we were stuck upstairs. It started coming up the steps and we could hear this bubbling sound. The water was filthy and it stank.”

Talking about her surname, she adds: “Everyone thinks I'm joking when I tell them.”

David, who has been off work with a broken leg after he slipped walking home from work along the canal, said: “It's gut wrenching. It was hard because I couldn't help her.


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“We just managed to save the smaller bits and sentimental things.We lost two Chesterfield sofas.

“I sat on the step and broke down because I just couldn't physically do anything to help. I've been stuck in the bedroom for three days.

“It's worrying how we are going to replace everything. I haven't been working.”


Now they are worrying about the weekend to come.

“We've been warned it's coming again but it can't ruin anything else, it's all gone already,” she said.

Their neighbour Suzanne Stankard, shaking with cold because her power has not yet returned, said: “It's the first time I've been flooded and it feels like I've lost a family member.


“It's not the material things, it's frightening when it happens, you just don't know when it's going to stop rising. You're looking and thinking 'please, not the next step'.

“You hear things crashing around downstairs. My Welsh dressers tipped over.”

But despite her ordeal Suzanne says she has no plans to move away from her terraced home, adding: “It's wonderful here, we are all friends. It should be called happy street.”


Stephanie Smith, 28, fled her home and is now living with her boyfriend and three children.

"I need to find a home for my two cats now," she said. "I'm numb. this is the second time it's happened."

She said they had been promised their garden wall, which overlooks the River Calder, would be boosted with a glass panel to protect from flooding in August.


"We're still waiting for them to extend the wall. We had a letter and I think it was supposed to be done last August," she said.

Her mum, Karen Smith, 57, who lives next door, was also flooded. "I'm not moving, I love it here," she said defiantly. "

Their local councillor, Roisin Cavanagh, who had called to check on them said: “I'm really upset that everyone has had to go through this again just as the town was starting to thrive.

"Now we have the huge feat of having to recover again.

“People are left with a lot of anxiety and every time it rains their heart beats a lot faster.”

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