STUNNED homeowners spent yesterday mopping up and salvaging their belongings after flash floods surged through homes in Thorne, near Doncaster.
Residents of one row of terraces were under nine inches of water within minutes of a huge thunderstorm over the town on Wednesday evening.
But they said their plight would have been much worse had it not been for the prompt action of Thorne firefighters who pumped away thousands of gallons of rainwater and sewage.
The surface flooding affected several streets in Thorne, including Laurel Avenue, North Eastern Road, Fenland Road and South Parade near the park. But the worst hit were residents living on Orchard Street and Plantation Road.
Three neighbouring houses in a slight hollow bore the brunt of the floods.
Heavy rain started just after 5pm and by 6.15pm all three houses were deluged with flood water coming in from the front and back.
Denise Kamal and Parthi Patel, reckon the damage to their home will cost up to £10,000.
“We’ve only lived here a year and had no idea anything like this could happen,” said Denise.
“The front of the terrace is in a bit of a dip so all the water started pouring in from there. It was a combination of the heavy rain and the drains being unable to cope.”
Her neighbour, Lee Steventon, was able to climb out of a window to run to the nearby Thorne fire station for help.
“When I got there they were already out but when they came back a few minutes later they immediately set to with their pumps.
“They did a great job - I’m sure the water would have been a lot deeper if it wasn’t for their efforts,” said Lee.
Denise added: “All our carpets and flooring is being thrown out and we’ve lost a lot of other furniture and laptop computers.
“We were trying to get things upstairs but our staircase is very awkward so it was impossible to get bigger items up.
“A lady living round the corner says she has never seen anything like this before and she’s been here 45 years.
“We’ve been up all night because we were trying to sort things out.”
Lee added: “We’re very grateful for what the fire crews did, it would have been a lot worse without them.”
A total of 10 properties were flooded on Orchard Street and Plantation Road, which was closed by police, and the firefighters spent four hours pumping the water into the nearby canal.
Doncaster Council’s assistant director of environment, Gill Gillies, said: “A large quantity of rainfall occurred on Wednesday night causing surface water flooding to a number of streets within the Thorne and Moorends area of the borough.
“To help relieve the drainage, staff from our Highways Team responded with jetting equipment and cleared the water whilst members of our Neighbourhood Response Teams provided reassurance to affected residents.
“In accordance with local flood plans around 80 sandbags were also distributed to properties as a precautionary measure in case of further rainfall over night.
“Our staff are again visiting affected residents and properties this morning. There have been no evacuations and we will continue to monitor any further rainfall.”