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‘It looked like a bomb site’: Twin sisters left devastated after flat is destroyed in London floods

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Twin sisters from West London have “lost everything” after flash floods destroyed their Maida Vale basement flat at the beginning of the week.

Parts of London experienced unseen levels of flooding when heavy rain and thunderstorms battered the city on Monday, July 12.

For 22-year-old twins Shazelle and Tyra Pascall-Louis the results were devastating, as the water flooded their new flat and destroyed all their belongings.

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Shazelle and Tyra lost everything in the flooding

Speaking to My London, Shazelle revealed the terrifying moment that their flat began to fill with water, forcing the sisters to escape through a bedroom window.

She said: “There was really heavy rain and at first we didn’t really think anything of it, but I was in my bathroom and the toilet started bubbling up, so we were really confused about what was going on.

“Within 10 minutes the whole house was up to at least knee length, and it was just the panic of ‘what are we going to save’, ‘what are we going to take’, ‘how are we going to escape’.

“It got to the point that we thought we were trapped in the house because the front door wasn’t opening.”

Flooded flat

The flood water forced the sisters to escape through a bedroom window

“We had to find a way to escape, and managed to escape through a bedroom window,” she continued.

“By the time we left luckily it was only up to knee length, but we found out it had got up to one metre high and that destroyed the whole house and all of our belongings.”

Left without anywhere to stay, the sisters were forced to check into a hotel until they were able to go back to the flat the next day to see if anything could be salvaged.

“It was all completely destroyed. It looked like a bomb site,” Shazelle explained.

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“There wasn’t really anything that we could salvage, it was all damaged with sewage water. All of our clothes, our belongings, our electronics.

“I was lost for words. It was really sad and devastating because one minute you’re there taking everything for granted and the next it’s gone within 10 minutes of your life.

“We don’t really go through natural disasters like that in England so you just don’t know what to do.”

Shazelle, who works for the Department of Work and Pensions, and her sister, who is a student, had only moved into the property in May.

Flooded flat

Flood water destroyed the basement flat

Now they have been told that it will be months before they are able to return.

The stressful and scary situation still haunts Shazelle. “Sometimes I lie at night and just think about what’s going on and it hurts so much,” she said.

“The images of what was happening and the panic, not knowing what to do in that situation, it makes you think you don’t know what to do next.”

Flooded flat

The sisters were forced to move into a hotel when their flat flooded

For now the sisters have started a GoFundMe campaign to try to raise some money to replace all of their destroyed belongings.

The fundraiser has already passed the £1,000 target set by the sisters, but they will keep it up for the foreseeable future to aid with getting their lives back.

“We’re still sorting the future out, we’re not sure what we’re going to do. We don’t know if we’re going to go straight into another property or look for hotels, but now we just don’t really know what we’re going to do”, Shazelle said.

Find the sister’s GoFundMe page here.

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