An eight-year-old Yorkshire terrier evacuated from Wainfleet had a pawsome surprise when a dog basket full of treats and toys was presented to him by the new Jollyes pet superstore in Skegness.
Snuffy went along to Jollyes on Monday with his 76-year-old owners June and Derek Driver, of Brewster Lane, who have all been staying in a guest room at Barratt Court since they were forced to leave their home with nothing.
“We only had the clothes we wearing and had no time to collect any of Snuffy’s things then the flood water came,” said Derek. “Our’s was the first house to be hit and I watched the flood water gushing through the breach in the River Steeping from my kitchen window.
“The water came so quickly. I phoned for help and someone in a 4x4 came to get us.
“We can’t thank Jollyes enough for doing this for Snuffy, who lost everything, too. They have thought of everything for him.”
Jollyes was eager to support them when the Standard told the store of their plight. Jenny Hunt, manager of the new store, said: “When we heard about Snuffy we just had to help and hope he enjoys his new bed and hamper of treats and toys.”
The story of the couple, who have no family or insurance, touched the hearts of the community and the agencies supporting all the households forced to evacuate the area. .
On Sunday, Derek visited his home for the first time since the floods with Team Rubicon, the disaster response charity that has been in the area since the River Steeping breached.
Derek said: “I was heartbreaking to see. It isn’t the best of houses but it is our house and now it’s like a bomb site.
“We were very grateful that Barratt Court in Skegness took us in but, not having my car as it was flooded too, it has been hard being so far away.”
It is hoped a caravan is being arranged so they can stay close to their home while the renovation is done.
Team Rubicon cleared the bottom level of the house, removing wet carpets and damaged furniture so the property can dry out.
Six members of the team have been sleeping on the floor in the Coronation Hall, now brimming with donations of food and cleaning products. “At first there was nothing we could do regarding recovery - we have had to wait for it to be safe for people to return to their homes,” said Incident Commander Bob Challis.
“We are now in the recovery stage and our job is to help people get back to their homes,
“People have the amazing ability to come to terms things.”
During the first week, Team Rubicon were in response phase, helping with such tasks as delivering sand bags.
Bob said: "We are now in the recovery stage and our job now is to help people get back to their homes, Our job now is removing heavy things like carpets and furniture so rooms that were flooded can dry out and are ready to be renovated.
"We are also helping people sort through things, so they can save such as photo albums that they want to keep."