Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Hero of the floods

A MAN who saved houses in Shiplake from being flooded has been praised by villagers.

Chris Goforth took five of his own pumps to Station Road where he spent the next three days clearing floodwater.

He was helped by two builders, Shane Collinson and Roy Chambers of SWC, who were working on his house in Bolney Road last week.

Mr Goforth, 43, a shipping trader, said: “We got to the houses just in time as the water was getting close. We were able to pump it out faster than it could flow back in. We also set up a diversion for cars so they wouldn’t drive over the pumps or hoses.

“We had the pumps going from Wednesday to Friday and kept on going until the council came to unblock the drains. Shane and Roy had excrement in their boots, it was that bad. They were fantastic though.”

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