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Dad whose Yorkshire home was destroyed by floods in February 2020 fights back tears in documentary

A grandfather whose house was destroyed in flash floods in 2020 has revealed his heartbreak after losing precious family photos and childhood memories.

Kevin Lorryman, from Snaith, Yorkshire, lost the bungalow she shared with his wife, children and grandchildren after it was destroyed by storm Ciara in February 2020.

In tonight’s It Takes A Flood, on ITV, he revealed the heartbreaking cost of the ordeal as he gave the camera crew a tour of his now-derelict home, which was unrecognizable after the water reached 9.5ft.

Kevin Lorryman, from Snaith Yorkshire, lost the bungalow she shared with his wife, children and grandchildren after it was destroyed by storm Ciara in February 2020.

In tonight’s It Takes A Floor, on ITV, he revealed the heartbreaking cost of the ordeal as he gave the camera crew a tour of his now dilapidated home, which was unrecognizable after the water reached 9.5ft.

Speaking in the documentary, the grandfather had to fight back tears as he explained that it was “terrible” to tell his grandchildren where their belongings went.

He added that the loss of the family’s memory and the children’s toys affected him the most.

Archive footage showed Kevin’s house with water up to the roof.

‘It is a shock when you see a building you live in flooded. It’s everything you’ve ever had in your life, and it was gone,” Kevin explained to cameras.

Speaking in the documentary, the grandfather had to fight back tears as he explained that it was “terrible” to tell his grandchildren where their belongings went.

Kevin also shared photos on his phone of the house filled with water, which showed that he initially thought they would only be slightly submerged, but two hours later the water had filled half of the lower level of their house and remained. to rise.

Kevin also shared photos on his phone of the house filled with water, which showed that he initially thought they would only be slightly submerged, but two hours later the water had filled half of the lower level of their house and remained. to rise.

Kevin also shared photos on his phone of the house filled with water, which showed that he initially thought they would only be slightly submerged, but two hours later the water had filled half of the lower level of their house and remained. to rise.

Pictured: Kevin's grandchildren's bedroom after it was destroyed by flooding water, with the toys and furniture upside down

Pictured: Kevin's grandchildren's bedroom after it was destroyed by flooding water, with the toys and furniture upside down

Pictured: Kevin’s grandchildren’s bedroom after it was destroyed by flooding water, with the toys and furniture upside down

‘The house was built in 1971 and in all that time it has never been flooded and’ [we] never really thought of it flooding, and it was a lovely place to be honest,” he recalled.

“It was remote, quiet. So we loved it here, but right now it’s still hard to just walk around the house, it’s just an awful place to be,” he said.

Kevin also shared photos on his phone of the house filled with water, which showed that he initially thought they would only be slightly submerged, but two hours later the water had filled half of the lower level of their house and remained. to rise.

“That’s the lounge that was literally two hours after we thought we got away with it,” he said, pointing to a photo of a sofa floating on a meter of water.

Kevin then led the film crew into a dilapidated nursery, now emptied of most of its contents.

After 9.5 feet of water flooded Kevin's £200,000 home, all the furniture piled up to the ceiling, pictured

After 9.5 feet of water flooded Kevin's £200,000 home, all the furniture piled up to the ceiling, pictured

After 9.5 feet of water flooded Kevin’s £200,000 home, all the furniture piled up to the ceiling, pictured

The master bedroom was also deep in the overflowing water and the family had to save what they could

The master bedroom was also deep in the overflowing water and the family had to save what they could

The master bedroom was also deep in the overflowing water and the family had to save what they could

Muddy, dirty water reached the entire ground floor of the house.  The family had to move to a caravan

Muddy, dirty water reached the entire ground floor of the house.  The family had to move to a caravan

Muddy, dirty water reached the entire ground floor of the house. The family had to move to a caravan

“There’s still stuff here, just looking at the Lego on the floor, the surrounding nerf cannonballs, once you’re in here, I don’t want to be here,” Kevin said.

“I’m a builder, I’m supposed to be big and tough, I don’t want to touch anything here, because it’s all memories, there’s one of his cars, on the floor, even the paint in the room, the stickers on the wall, the stars on the wall,” he said, pointing to the paintings of monkeys and frogs in the room

“That’s what we lost,” he said, adding, “explaining to… [his grand child] where all these things were going was just awful.’

Kevin in front of the house in 2020, with water level up to the roof of the house and solar panels

Kevin in front of the house in 2020, with water level up to the roof of the house and solar panels

Kevin in front of the house in 2020, with water level up to the roof of the house and solar panels

As the family filed a claim with their insurance after the floods, Kevin revealed the painful process of going through all the items they no longer had.

“The company that cleaned up, they literally broke everything down to plates, kettles, children’s toys,” he said.

“I think we ended up with 1,400 individual items that we actually had to sit down and put a price on,” he added.

“And for me personally it was the children’s toys, the grandchildren’s toys that touched me. I’ll be honest, I only came in here because I didn’t want anyone else in, and…”

At this point in the documentary, Kevin’s voice broke, and he had to apologize and walk out of the room to get his thoughts together.

The living room pictured a few days after the peak of the flood, with the water up to the sofa

The living room pictured a few days after the peak of the flood, with the water up to the sofa

The living room pictured a few days after the peak of the flood, with the water up to the sofa

The kitchen, filled with the children's toys the family tried to save in the aftermath of the floods

The kitchen, filled with the children's toys the family tried to save in the aftermath of the floods

The kitchen, filled with the children’s toys the family tried to save in the aftermath of the floods

At the time, it was reported that Kevin and his family were moving into a caravan they owned while getting their living arrangements in order.

The grandparents were two of hundreds of homeowners evacuated from 88 flooded properties in Snaith and surrounding villages following the February 2020 floods.

The documentary followed several accounts of people losing their homes during the floods that hit Britain between 2020 and 2021.

Mick Renilson, whose home was flooded for the fourth time in 2020 in Hawick in the Scottish Borders, said no one could know what it would feel like to lose your home to a flood unless they experienced it themselves.

“When I say you get over it over time, you don’t really get over it. It’s always in the back of your mind,” he said.

“Every time it rains now, you think, ‘What’s going to happen?’ No, I’m trying to hide my emotions, but inside it really hurts, it’s killing us,” he said.

“It brings you down, you could stand and cry like a little girl and you say, ‘Why? It’s not like it happened once, and it will never happen again.” it’s happened four times already,” he said.

Mick’s house was flooded in 2005, 2016 and twice in the past two years. He said it felt like he was being kicked while he was already down.

“We never had time to recover from the third flood we had with the fourth,” he said.

“It’s like getting punched in a boxing match and your head feels weird and you get back up and they hit you again,” he said.

It Takes A Flood is available on the ITV hub.

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