Man's anger after Longhope home with 'no chance of flooding' floods
PETER Roost took every precaution to make sure his new home was in no danger of flooding before he bought it in 2000.
But he is now mopping up for the second time in five years.
After 2007, Peter, who lives in The Orchards, Longhope, did some research and discovered it was common knowledge the small estate on which he lives, built in 1999, was on a site that flooded.
"We had advice from our lawyers when we were buying the house to be sure about the flooding risk, as would anyone with a water course running near their house," he said. "We've got all the documentation saying it won't flood, then in July 2007, we flood."
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Having done some digging, Peter, 55, found warnings in the original planning documents from people in the village about the site's susceptibility. The district council commissioned a flood alleviation report for the area after 2007.
Mr Roost said: "One big thing in the flood alleviation report was about a little channel under a small bridge which the water flows through.
"It's too narrow and needs remodelling.
"The owner's given his consent, it would fix all the problems, we just want it done. It needs to be fixed."
Mr Roost, who lives at The Orchards with wife Christine and daughter Samantha, said the damage done in 2007 led to a £50,000 insurance bill and is expecting the cost this time around to hit £10,000.
Martin Quaile, cabinet member for the environment at Forest of Dean District Council, said: "We are giving this matter our immediate attention in an effort to get an early resolution."