HOBURN, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 28: Christmas decorations are seen at the Hoburnes Christmas home in Hoburn, England December 28, 2018.
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo Hoburn holiday homes will close on Christmas Day after being flooded in floods across the region, including one that has caused thousands of homes to be destroyed.
Hoburn resident John Todman said he was in his Hoburn home on December 28 when the floodwaters began to surge, submerging some of the wooden walls and ceilings and knocking down other wooden homes.
“I could hear a big bang and then all of a sudden there was a huge surge of water that washed up on top of me and smashed my windows and the whole house.
I was on the ground, on my back and in pieces,” he told the BBC.
Mr Todmans wife, Jane, was also in the house when the water rose and helped to drag her husband and other neighbours into the street.
The house was saved, but not before Mr Todmen lost his entire Christmas dinner and was forced to call his family to get his clothes, a laptop and phone, he said.
Many homes were also damaged in the floods, including the home of local councillor Paul Kelly, who said he could not see his home in the immediate area after the flood.
He said his house in Huddersfield had been destroyed and he had lost all his furniture.
Council leader Tim Loughton said there was no timetable for the closure of the Christmas houses.
It is a significant blow to the community and we have to be careful, he told BBC News.
Todmans family has been left homeless by the floods.
In Hoburn a council official told the Associated Press news agency that the Hobound Christmas home, which is about an hour’s drive from the centre of Hoburn and has a number of local shops, had been flooded by floodwaters that hit in the early hours of Christmas morning.
But Mr Toodmans family is still living in Hobington and his home is now safe.
Local councillor Kelly said that some of his neighbours had lost their home, including his wife.
Loughton told the local newspaper that he had been asked to look after the families and help them get their belongings back.
“There’s lots of people living in this house, a lot of people who’ve been displaced, and the council are doing all they can,” he said, according to the Independent.
A spokeswoman for the city council said it was a matter for the local authority.
‘People have been hurt’The Hoburns Christmas home had about 600 wooden beams in the roof and another 500 inside, he added.
“We are in the process of rebuilding them.
I’ve been told the cost will be quite high,” he added, according the Independent newspaper.
The floods are expected to continue for a few more days, he warned.
More than 20 houses were damaged in Hobburgh and in nearby North Yorkshire, where thousands of people have been evacuated from homes as floodwaters receded.