I visited Moorland a couple of days ago. This is the village on the Somerset levels which was completely overwhelmed by flooding earlier this year. We’re now working on behalf of many of the villagers, managing their insurance claims and overseeing the restoration of their homes.
It’s difficult to convey the devastation in Moorland without experiencing it for yourself. Almost every house was affected when water levels rose, with up to four feet of water in some homes. Even the church was flooded, with damage to pews, the organ and precious memorials in the surrounding churchyard.
Now the village is a hive of industry, with stripping and drying-out going on everywhere; workmen coming and going; and even a refreshment van to keep everyone fed and watered. Back gardens are looking lush, with spring flowers everywhere – all the result of the water and ‘fertiliser’ delivered by the floods. And the first service since the floods was held in the church on Easter Sunday, which was seen as a major turning point for many.
But it’s when you go inside the houses that you see the mountain that’s still left to climb. The damage is extraordinary, with homes now reduced to shells after all the damaged material has been stripped out. The stress for the villagers is incredible as they try to carry on some kind of normal life from temporary accommodation – sometimes many miles away. Talking to some of them, it’s obvious that they are really struggling and all they want is to get back into their homes as soon as possible.
So we’re trying to do everything we can to speed up the process but without cutting any vital corners. Talking to one of our clients in Moorland, it seems that our help is making a real difference: “Morgan Clark is the one good thing in all of this. I just couldn’t carry on without everything you’re doing for me. You’re a shining light among all these terrible things going on around us.”
We really are doing everything we can, and we’ll be with them every step of the way.