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Rising flood water forces Smallfield couple to evacuate to caravan

By Surrey Mirror  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

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A COUPLE were left wading around their cattery after flood waters forced them to evacuate their house and live in a caravan on the drive.

Chris and Cindy Sharville were among the residents of Smallfield Road, Horley, who found their house flooded after torrential rain fell last week.

The pair had to flee their house and spent all of Christmas moving sodden furniture into the barn in their garden.

And while water did spill into their on-site cattery, the animals were safe in their pens high above the floodwater.

Mr Sharville told the Mirror: "The animals weren't affected.

"They don't seem to have noticed the floods to be honest, they were curled up under their heat lamps completely oblivious to it all."

Though they are living out of a borrowed caravan, life has continued for the couple, who have had cats coming and going as usual since the rain hit.

But Mr Sharville paid tribute to the community spirit shown by members of the Horley Chamber of Commerce, of which he is a member, who came out to help them.

"We spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day lugging furniture around," he said.

"But it was really great, the guys and girls from the chamber came out for us.

"Clive Howick, who is an electrician, came out free of charge and checked all the electrics. It is really nice to belong to something like that."

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