RESIDENTS UNABLE TO RETURN TO FLOODED HOLIDAY PARK

Some residents of a holiday park that was evacuated at the weekend say they do not know when they will be able to return to their properties.

People were told to leave Billing Aquadrome, near Northampton, on Saturday after managers became concerned about rising flood water.

Some residents have still not had their electricity supply restored.

Resident Millie Betts said: "We just keep getting told that the engineers are working on it."

It is the second time this year the park has been evacuated.

Posting on social media early on Saturday, park management said: "The park is now in full evacuation! Please ensure you take all the belongings you need including medication, pets and clothes!"

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) provided some residents with emergency accommodation.

The council's Conservative leader, Jonathan Nunn, said: "WNC staff left the site at 23:00 GMT having settled residents with emergency beds and hot food and thankfully there was no additional flooding overnight."

Water levels did not rise as high as predicted, and work began on Sunday to restore electricity to some parts of the park.

By Monday, some residents were still unable to return. Ms Betts, who has owned a holiday home on the site for five years, said: "We still can't get on because we've got no electric.

"We did know that it was a flood plain when we moved on, but you still don't quite expect it until it happens."

Mary Brown was told to leave the site during the earlier flood on 1 January and has been living in a motorhome near Daventry, Northamptonshire.

She has owned a property on the site for twenty years, but the continued risk of flooding has made her think about leaving.

She said: "We would like to move in some respects, but I would miss it greatly. I love the area and the companionship of everybody around because everybody knows their neighbours, whereas in bricks and mortar, you don't".

Billing Aquadrome said that owners without electricity would be updated as quickly as possible as to when they would be able to return.

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