In the event you suppose your home is chaos on Christmas Day, spare a thought for the Evans household within the Rhondda.
Alison and Keith Evans’ dwelling in Trebanog has a giant open drain of their lounge flooring due to recurring flooding.
The issue has plagued the couple for nearly a yr and can see them squeeze into their kitchen to open presents, eat dinner and watch TV.
So as to add to the stress, Christmas Day can also be their daughter’s 18th birthday.
Mrs Evans mentioned she was at her “wit’s finish” over the state of affairs – which has additionally puzzled Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, who’ve been unable to search out the supply of the flooding.
“Household and guests will all be piled into the one room,” she mentioned. “We managed to get the TV and couch within the kitchen, however now that has needed to make method for the Christmas tree.”
The issue on the couple’s semi-detached home, which they purchased 10 years in the past, began final Christmas.
They needed to rescue their presents from beneath the tree after water got here up by way of the ground.
Builders had been referred to as in and the flooding appeared to have gone away – however a few months later and so they had been again to sq. one.
A drainage pit and pumping tools in addition to a big gap within the flooring have been there ever since.
“When it rains it fills up and we have not acquired a lounge,” mentioned warehouse employee Mrs Evans, whose daughter Hope was born on Christmas Day.
“We rise up within the morning or come dwelling from work and we do not know whether or not the opening goes to be full.
“We’re consistently pondering and worrying about it. It is laborious to plan something actually.”
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, who’ve despatched surveyors round, mentioned the floods weren’t linked to its system.
Mrs Evans mentioned she has spoken to her insurers however mentioned they’d not pay out till the supply of the flooding was discovered.
In an announcement, Authorized and Basic mentioned though it had “each sympathy with Mr and Mrs Evans in what’s a really troublesome state of affairs” it was a “longstanding water ingress drawback which was evident previous to inception of their coverage”.
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