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‘My autistic child wont get in the bath because he thinks he could drown’: Brent mum deals with illness, flies and vile smell after flash flooding

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A family in West London say they are still battling with the aftermath of the flash flooding which occurred in areas of London last week.

Lisa Tormey, 31, who lives near Kensal Rise in Bren t, is a disabled mum of three and says the downstairs of her home was completely destroyed by the floods, including the area where they home-school their children, one of whom is autistic.

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

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Lisa’s partner Gary, 39, was left struggling to shovel the 12-inch high water out of the window with a bucket and used a sack of Lego to try and barricade the door.

There was sewage floating in the water from the backed up drains by their door.

A river of water started to pour into the house from two entrances and through the cat flap

Lisa told MyLondon: “We have bedrooms downstairs but we have all had to move upstairs because of the smell. Even after 11 days, the flies are still there.

“I have lung disease and asthma and have been put on antibiotics and steroids because of this.

“We have all got diarrhoea as well. I think its because of all the bacteria around.”

Lisa and Gary are parents to Aiden, 11, Corey, nine, and Amelia, six.

Lisa says she tries to keep smiling when her children are around but that she has had a few tearful nights.

She says that Corey, who has autism, struggled to understand what happened. He now refuses to get in the bath because he thinks he might drown.

Corey, Aiden and Amelia are all home-schooled but their home-schooling room is now un-usable

Corey, Aiden and Amelia are all home-schooled but their home-schooling room is now un-usable

The couple say they were just starting to feel settled in their home, having got items second-hand and up-cycled furniture.

They’ve also dealt with the loss of family members to Covid-19.

Lisa added: “I just feel one thing after another. I try to put a smile on my face and remember there’s always someone worse off. But how much more can we take?”

The couple are now trying to fundraise to attempt to replenish the items that got damaged in the flood, including the children’s school books.

You can access their fundraiser here.

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