Mother’s despair at ‘absolute mess’ in her house and car after Storm Dennis battered Welsh village


This shocking video shows the devastation to a mother’s house and car after Storm Dennis swept muddy flood waters through a Welsh village. 

Video filmed today by a distressed Neath Port Talbot local shows the extent of the damage caused by the second big storm to batter Britain in two weeks. 

Storm Dennis is reported to have caused the banks of the River Neath, which runs through the village of Aberdulais, to burst. 

The woman, who has no insurance, is clearly lost for words as she walks through her hallway, living room, kitchen, utility room, and piano room.  

She can be heard moaning about the state of her house before she steps outside to inspect the state of her storm-battered car. 

The woman says: ‘OK, so this is the day after. It’s just a mess, isn’t it?  

‘We’ve started tidying up, but everything in the bath, the floor, is still soaking.

‘When you go in the cupboards, everything is completely saturated. This is all going to have to go. Everything is absolutely ruined, to be fair.

‘I don’t even know  what happens next. I don’t even know where to start. 

‘Where do you begin? 

Video filmed today by a distressed Neath Port Talbot local shows the extent of the damage caused by the second big storm to batter Britain in two weeks

Video filmed today by a distressed Neath Port Talbot local shows the extent of the damage caused by the second big storm to batter Britain in two weeks

She says: 'I'm just going to show you quickly the state of my car. It won't start, it stinks in here'

She says: 'I'm just going to show you quickly the state of my car. It won't start, it stinks in here'

She adds: 'Baby seats are knackered - oh they're soaking! Just when you think it couldn't get any worse'

She adds: 'Baby seats are knackered - oh they're soaking! Just when you think it couldn't get any worse'

She can be heard moaning about the state of her house before she steps outside to inspect the state of her storm-battered car (left and right)

‘The sofa is soaking, so that’s going to be super heavy. What an absolute mess.’

She then heads outside, where she then says: ‘I’m just going to show you quickly the state of my car. It won’t start, it stinks in here.

‘Baby seats are knackered – oh they’re soaking! Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, look at that! Oh my God!’

This comes as hundreds of flood alerts remain in place after Storm Dennis battered Britain as severe weather conditions saw winds of more than 90mph lash parts of the country, while more than a month’s worth of rain fell in 48 hours in places.

Major incidents were declared due to flooding in South Wales as well as in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, while a record number of flood warnings and alerts were issued by the Environment Agency.

Parts of Pontypridd suffered severe flooding overnight as the River Taff (pictured) burst its banks following heavy downpours during Storm Dennis

Parts of Pontypridd suffered severe flooding overnight as the River Taff (pictured) burst its banks following heavy downpours during Storm Dennis

Parts of Pontypridd suffered severe flooding overnight as the River Taff (pictured) burst its banks following heavy downpours during Storm Dennis

Jules Stewart (pictured) is just one of many people whose homes flooded at Canal Side in Aberdulais near Neath after heavy rain overnight

Jules Stewart (pictured) is just one of many people whose homes flooded at Canal Side in Aberdulais near Neath after heavy rain overnight

Jules Stewart (pictured) is just one of many people whose homes flooded at Canal Side in Aberdulais near Neath after heavy rain overnight

Shocking drone pictures show the devastating scale of flooding the Welsh village of Crickhowell (pictured) after the Usk flooded

Shocking drone pictures show the devastating scale of flooding the Welsh village of Crickhowell (pictured) after the Usk flooded

Shocking drone pictures show the devastating scale of flooding the Welsh village of Crickhowell (pictured) after the Usk flooded

The River Ouse (pictured) burst its banks over the weekend leaving the Cambridgeshire market town of St Ives underwater

The River Ouse (pictured) burst its banks over the weekend leaving the Cambridgeshire market town of St Ives underwater

The River Ouse (pictured) burst its banks over the weekend leaving the Cambridgeshire market town of St Ives underwater 

Winds and rain are set to die down this week, however floods are expected over the next couple of days, the Environmental Agency warned

Winds and rain are set to die down this week, however floods are expected over the next couple of days, the Environmental Agency warned

Winds and rain are set to die down this week, however floods are expected over the next couple of days, the Environmental Agency warned

West Mercia Police said the operation to the woman in Tenbury is now a ‘recovery not a rescue’ in light of the ‘circumstances of the length of time in the water’.

Thousands were evacuated from their homes, which saw more than a month’s worth of rainfall in 48 hours and coastlines buffeted by 90mph winds. 

York and the Cambridgeshire market town of St Ives are also nearly entirely submerged after flooding of the River Ouse. 

The River Wye is the highest it has ever been, causing more havoc in Herefordshire. 

Meanwhile, a baby boy has died in a horror crash between a car and a HGV on the A55 near Gwalchmai in Anglesey, Wales, as a woman is in critical condition. The 21-month-old boy died just after leaving the scene of the collision. 

The female passenger was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor before being transferred to Stoke where she remains in critical condition. 

A spokesperson from the Welsh Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called to a serious road traffic collision on the A55 expressway near Gwalchmai, Anglesey, shortly after 2.00pm yesterday, Sunday 16 February. 

‘We sent a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, three emergency ambulances, an ambulance officer and a Helimed crew in a car to the scene, where we were also assisted by colleagues from North Wales Police.’

A baby boy has died in a horror crash (pictured) between a car and a HGV on the A55 as a woman is left fighting for her life

A baby boy has died in a horror crash (pictured) between a car and a HGV on the A55 as a woman is left fighting for her life

A baby boy has died in a horror crash (pictured) between a car and a HGV on the A55 as a woman is left fighting for her life

The 21-month-old boy died just after leaving the scene of the collision (pictured) between a Ford Mondeo and a HGV near Gwalchmai in Anglesey, Wales

The 21-month-old boy died just after leaving the scene of the collision (pictured) between a Ford Mondeo and a HGV near Gwalchmai in Anglesey, Wales

The 21-month-old boy died just after leaving the scene of the collision (pictured) between a Ford Mondeo and a HGV near Gwalchmai in Anglesey, Wales

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a backlash over the Government’s handling of Storm Dennis today as it emerged he has no plans to visit flooding sites today and is staying at a country residence in Kent.

Downing Street said the PM was receiving ‘updates’ at the Chevening estate near Sevenoaks, and there is no Cobra emergency committee meeting scheduled.

Anger has been growing over the response to the extreme weather, despite new Environment Secretary George Eustice insisting ministers have a ‘firm grip’.