Children’s flood letters

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CHILDREN have put pen to paper to write of their experiences of the Morpeth flood of 2008 and their hopes that it will never happen again. The following letters have been submitted by pupils of St Robert’s RC First School and All Saints C of E First School.

I WAS not flooded, but I did go down to see. My Dad was sent in with other men on boats, saving many people. I was very worried about my friends and about my Dad. Luckily, my school was not damaged. The water at Oldgate Bridge was up to the railings. Many homes were flooded and many destroyed, and hardly anything still worked. MICHAEL LAUX, 8. St Robert’s RC First School

I AM writing about my experience during the flood of 2008. I was affected in the flood, here is how I knew. I was playing on my computer near the TV. It was kind of wet, then I realised it had flooded. OISIN LEHANE, 7. St Robert’s RC First School

I AM writing about my experiences during the floods in 2008. I wasn’t there when the floods were on, but I saw lots of pictures. I felt so sorry for the people who were in the floods. I was hoping the people got in their homes. I know that everyone was disappointed that their homes were destroyed. I wish there were no floods because it destroyed nearly everyone’s homes. I hope there are no floods any more. NATHAN MOULD, 8. St Robert’s RC First School

I AM just writing about my experiences during the flood in 2008. I was driving from Newcastle Airport and I had to try seven roads. The eighth road took us to North Shields. When we got back to Morpeth lots of pets had died. Some of my friends got flooded, but luckily I live up a hill so I did not get flooded. When the floods had gone there was lots of destruction on the leisure centre. The trees had smashed the windows. JAMES SEABROOK, 7. St Robert’s RC First School

I AM writing about my experience during the floods, 2008. The flood was scary and horrible. I had to go on my Dad’s shoulders. My Dad’s name is Kevin and my Mam is called Joanne. I was on my Dad’s shoulders because it was too deep and it was near my house. I saw water everywhere. ERIN BROUARD, 7. St Robert’s RC First School

I AM writing about the floods. Me and my family were not involved in the flood, but I did see the pictures of the flood. When I saw the pictures I was furious that the water made so much danger. I was surprised that the people could not get food and water and things they needed. I hope there will be no more floods in Morpeth. INDEROOP THINDAL, 8. St Robert’s RC First School

MY experiences during the depressing floods in Morpeth. The floods covered nearly all homes in Morpeth. My house is up a hill in Abbey Meadows. I didn’t get flooded. My Grandma lives in Lancaster Park. My next door neighbour’s car slid off the driveway onto the wet road. I had to stay in my house. On the next day it was my birthday. MAX ADAMSON, 8. St Robert’s RC First School

I WAS in my car coming back from swimming when I saw a flood sign. When I got home I was watching TV when my Mum called me to the living room and said Morpeth was flooded. I felt really sorry. My Aunt went to watch the flood and saw people’s belongings in the water. I felt sorry for the man who jumped into the water to save someone and cut his foot open. I hope it doesn’t happen again. LUCY COULSON, 8. St Robert’s RC First School

I AM writing about the flood. I was at Wales for a week. I was coming home and we got a phone call. It said come to ours there’s a flood in Morpeth, so we went to sleep at my friend Abbie’s. The next morning my parents went to see if it was safe to go home. I was terrified. JOSH COOK, 8. St Robert’s RC First School

I AM writing about my experiences during the floods in 2008. I went to the riverside and I saw the river going up very high. My uncle’s shop got flooded. It had water everywhere. Then we went to a place where there was water along the path. Then we went to Morpeth swimming pool, then I walked back home. The damage was horrible and it was like Morpeth was a river. I felt very sorry for people who got flooded. JOSEPH MILEY, 7. St Robert’s RC First School

I WASN’T there at the floods, I lived in Mexico with my family together in a house. I saw the pictures of the floods and I was shocked at the mess. I hope it doesn’t happen again. TAMARA ESTRADA, 8. St Robert’s RC First School

I HAVE heard about the flood. I was not there when it happened, but I was shocked when I saw all the damaged property and homes. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that the water had reached Snows. It took a long time to repair the damage of the houses. I hope the floods do not happen again. DAISY DUDDELL, 7. St Robert’s RC First School

I WAS not in Morpeth when the Morpeth floods was on, but I saw some pictures of the Morpeth floods. I was shocked at the height of the water when I looked at the pictures on the screen. The water was about 10ft high. I hope the flood doesn’t happen again. CIARAN MORAN, 8. St Robert’s RC First School

I HAVE seen all the pictures of the flood. I feel very sad for the people who got flooded. The flood flooded people’s homes, garages and bridges. People were saved on boats. People lost precious items. People’s cars got washed away because the water was so powerful. I was not allowed to go down to see the flood. The flood was horrible. It destroyed many things. The leisure centre got flooded. Some people would have gone down to the flood. PATRICK ALMOND, 8. St Robert’s RC First School

I DID not get flooded because I live on a hill. When the flood was on I stayed at my uncle’s and auntie’s house all day. Since I was not at the flood, I only saw the pictures and I felt very sorry for the people that got flooded and the people that lost all their precious things and their homes. When the flood was on and I woke up I asked my Mum if I could go to Castle Mania and my uncle rang saying there was a flood so I couldn’t go to Castle Mania. I don’t want these floods to happen again. MATTHEW TURNBULL, 8. St Robert’s RC First School

I WAS not in the flood, but I saw people getting rescued from the river and the helicopter was on its way. When it got there it brought all of the people from the river. Then the people were going to be rescued. Then they got to go to somebody’s house to stay. JESSICA CHARLTON, 7. St Robert’s RC First School

I DID not see the flood in town, but I saw the pictures on the news and I felt sorry for people. I saw people running around the street. HARRY JOHNSON, 7. St Robert’s RC First School

I AM writing about the floods in 2008. I have seen the pictures and there were a lot of floods. Some people’s stuff was ruined and some people would have gone down lots of lanes where the floods were in Morpeth at the bridge bit and at the Spine Road in Blyth and other places. I hope the floods don’t happen again. SIENNA ROTH, 7. St Robert’s RC First School

I AM writing about my experiences during the flood of 2008. I am sorry what happened about the Morpeth flood. I went to see it and I was sorry what happened in people’s homes. I am sorry about what happened about people’s things in their home. CHRISTOPHER MOULD, 8. St Robert’s RC First School

I AM writing about my experiences during the floods of 2008. I know a lot of people who were affected by the flood. Mrs Baty, the cook at my school was flooded and she had to move house. All of her belongings were ruined, everything had to be thrown away. She was very upset and couldn’t go home for over six months. The flood defence scheme would protect her house if it happened again. WILL HOPE, 8 St Robert’s RC First School

I AM writing about the flood. I wasn’t there, but I have seen pictures and I was shocked to see Morpeth. I just got home before the flood started. I saw pictures on TV. I was shocked to see how much damage the water made to shops and houses. My Grandad was flooded and so was my Aunty. All the shops were flooded. Everybody’s house in Morpeth was flooded and cars sank. Everybody’s property was ruined. I hope it doesn’t happen again. ELLIE MCLAUGHLIN, 7 St Robert’s RC First School

I WAS at the floods when it happened. Me, my brother and my Dad were stuck in the flood for two hours. We got dropped off at Greggs where we all got a sausage for we realised that the flood was on. My Dad called my Mummy and my sister, who were at my house, but my Mum couldn’t get out of her house so my Grandma saved us. I hope it never floods again. THOMAS CUNNINGHAM, 8 St Robert’s RC First School

I AM writing about my experiences during the floods in 2008. I was a street away when the flood came. When I went to the leisure centre for swimming lessons I found it was flooded, terrifying. After the flood I was not allowed to go to the park for 20 days until it was mended. I had to go to Hexham to be safe. Unfortunately, we had a bit of trouble. We had to drive through the flood to get there. KATHRYN ARKLESS, 7. St Robert’s RC First School

WHEN I woke up from my sleep I heard an ‘eeeeekkkkkk’, so I sprang to my feet, ran down the stairs and ran to my mum. I commented: “Mum, what’s the entire racket about?” “Look out the window,” she said. I looked out of the window and saw there was a massive flood and it got bigger and bigger. It got so big the kitchen was flooded. My Mum rang my uncle because he is the coastguard. When my uncle and his friends came they had gigantic boots. When we were outside I had to get carried because the water was so deep. We went as fast as we could so we could not get flooded in the car. We went to my auntie’s because she was not flooded. RAYANA BURT, 9 Morpeth All Saints C of E First School

ONE morning I woke up ill. It was on September 6, 2008. It was horrible. We just saw a huge, drenching tidal wave come across to our house. We had to move everything upstairs in five minutes. We moved pictures, food, ornaments, my Dad’s fishing gear and his motorbike jackets. We had to grab my little black and white cat called Tosh and took him upstairs to the furthest room. Also Kenwood, our other cat, went upstairs as well. The next morning I heard a helicopter circling Morpeth. It was checking for sights of anyone drowning. My family had to move everything to a rental house and while we were doing that, for a week we lived with my grandparents and the cats lived with Nana too. SAMANTHA STEPHENSON, 8 Morpeth All Saints C of E First School

I WAS not involved in the flood, but my friends Rayana and Samantha were. I woke up early to the sound of the forecast booming away. It was forecast for heavy rain. As soon as I heard that I though Samantha’s and Rayana’s houses might be flooded. I knew Samantha was ill at the time. ‘Oh no’, I thought, ‘is Samantha going to be alright?’. The next thing I knew is that a helicopter was flying above my house. I knew this was the start of chaos. Next, we went down to the rugby club to see how bad it was. When I got down there I found debris everywhere. Water was running rapidly through the streets, but we could not do anything. LAUREN GOOSE, 8 Morpeth All Saints C of E First School

DURING the flood I could not go to my swimming lessons for six months because the leisure centre was flooded. Even though I live ten miles away, the ditches in our field had flooded. Luckily, my Dad put down some thick wire under the door so we would not get flooded. In our field there are two Highland cattle and the water was up to their chests. PHOEBE RUSHTON Morpth All Saints C of E First School

MY Uncle Martin and Christie and Sarah were affected in the flood. Over two days, rain came and flooded the river. The flood was very quick. In about one hour it was 1ft and they saw water coming in very fast and they couldn’t move their cars because water was coming in at both ends of the streets. They took their more precious items upstairs, for example the TV, photo albums and documents, but the carpet and furniture were destroyed. The water came through the air bricks, destroyed the foundations and up through the floor boards. My cousins, Christie and Sarah, had to live with their Mum. The workers had a special pipe to take all the moisture and water out and it lasted until January 2009. They had the floorboards replaced and the kitchen re-modelled, and they redecorated the downstairs. AVA HARLEY Morpeth All Saints C of E First School