Mother and daughter Jacqueline, left, and Rebecca Lake inside their flooded kitchen.
FLOODING caused by the deluge of rain that swept across the Island on Saturday turned the lives of many householders upside down.
Binstead was one of the worst hit areas.
Among those who live there and suffered flooding to her home this afternoon was Jackie Lake and her son Nathan, 25, of Binstead Hill, who watched helplessly as muddy water flowed in.
It is the second time the Lakes had suffered this kind of disaster within the past three years.
Firefighters, at the time this report was posted on this website, continue to pump out the flood water from the kitchen, utility room and conservatory.
It was 18 inches deep at its worst, with sandbags doing nothing to stem the flow.
Mrs Lake, 59, a St John Ambulance first aid instructor, said: "I looked outside at the rain and everything seemed to be alright — the storm drain was taking it.
"However, it wasn’t long before the muddy water flowed in through the patio doors and the back door, over sandbags and into the kitchen.
"I’ve got sandbags three deep at the front door and thankfully it hasn’t got into the house that way, but some of it is in the porch.
"I’m gutted about it because when it happened the first time, I thought it was a freak incident — a one off.
"To go through all this upheaval and inconvenience again, trying to dry it out, is a nightmare.
"I’ve lived here about 30 years and it never happened before. I’m guessing that the storm drains are not coping with the sheer volume of water.
"The firemen said my home isn’t even on a flood plain, nor is it in a flood risk area.
"I was supposed to have gone to my mother’s 86th birthday party this evening, but that won’t happen now because of this.
"You don’t expect this kind of weather in the summer time."
Other householders in Binstead Hill and Cemetery Road have also told of their flood misery.
For the full story, read this Friday’s County Press.