FRIENDS have been hailed heroes for saving precious family keepsakes from a flooded caravan in Winsford.

Tammy Sudlow had been storing personal items belonging to her late dad Robert Matthews who died from Covid in April last year in her holiday home at Lakeside Caravan Park.

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Holiday homes flooded at Lakeside Caravan Park 

 

When Josh Bannaghan and Wayne Forinha heard that the waterside caravans were under water, they sprang into action.

The pair woke Tammy and partner Carrie-Ann Sudlow up at their home in Winsford, borrowed their kayak and battled through waist high water to reach the caravan.

Winsford Guardian: Josh Bannaghan and Wayne Forinha used a kayak to help Tammy rescue her late dad's precious belongingsJosh Bannaghan and Wayne Forinha used a kayak to help Tammy rescue her late dad's precious belongings

Josh Bannaghan and Wayne Forinha used a kayak to help Tammy rescue her late dad's precious belongings

Carrie-Ann said: "We don't care about the furniture, we just wanted to save these precious things. Tammy is still crying now, it was so emotional.

"There were photographs, stamp collections and things Tammy remembers doing with her dad when she was a little girl.

"Tammy has lost five family members to Covid in the past year.

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"We are very lucky to have these friends who just turned up with waders and did everything."

Winsford Guardian: Josh Bannaghan leads Tammy in a kayak to reach her flooded caravanJosh Bannaghan leads Tammy in a kayak to reach her flooded caravan

Josh Bannaghan leads Tammy in a kayak to reach her flooded caravan

Josh, who owns JW Accident Repairs in Northwich helped with the rescue instead of going to work.

"We want to say a big thank you to these guys.

"My heart goes out to all my neighbours. It is not bad for us because we have another home, but many of these people have lost everything."

Winsford Guardian: One holiday home completely immersed in flood water at Lakeside Caravan ParkOne holiday home completely immersed in flood water at Lakeside Caravan Park

One holiday home completely immersed in flood water at Lakeside Caravan Park

The entire front row of caravans, she said, was now under a deluge of water.

Most of the occupants evacuated last night and are staying with relatives and friends.

"One of the owners who has lost her home twice," said Carrie-Ann. "She is really upset. She has lived on her own here for many years. Her family came and got her out last night.

"A few people were standing in shock when we turned up at around 9am this morning. It's not just the caravans that have been lost but all the electrics and gas pipes are ruined.

"There have been floods in previous years but it was never this bad. This is the worst one."