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REPORTER: So, what is your situation at the moment?
RESIDENT: We're sleeping in the main hall of the local secondary school, with many of our neighbours. We're all in the same situation - just doing our best to look on the bright side.
REPORTER: Do you know when you can move back?
RESIDENT: No. at the moment all our houses are still under a metre of water - and apparently it's still rising. It hasn't stopped raining since Sunday.
REPORTER: What happened exactly?
RESIDENT: Well, there's a river at the bottom of our garden - more of a sluggish stream most of the time, actually. Last weekend, with all the rain we'd had, it burst its banks and washed over our garden. It was very quick once it started. I was frantically trying to stop it by digging ditches to take the water away - but there was too much of it, and in the end I just gave up digging and got out as quickiy as possible.
REPORTER: And what's the damage?
RESIDENT: Well, everything downstairs is ruined. We'll need new furniture and carpets, and we'll probably need to have the walls replastered. I keep thinking how disastrous it could have been. At one stage I imagined seeing the whole building collapse. Some of our neighbours are...
How do the interviewee and her neighbours feel about
being out of their homes?
They resent having to sleep in the school hall.
They're trying to stay positive.
They're expecting to move back quite soon.
How does she feel about the whole incident?
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