Emotional and economic impact of devastating flood

Two million litres of water from a burst main flooded homes in South Woodham Ferrers in February Photo: ITV Anglia

It's more than seven months since 2 million litres of water flooded into South Woodham Ferrers. Now Essex and Suffolk Water has revealed it was a large tree growing close to the pipeline which caused it to burst.

But many residents say knowing what happened is little consolation as they're still feeling the effects financially and emotionally.

Lynne Pembroke still has nightmares about water, since her home was flooded in February. It caused so much damage that she's only recently returned.

"It has been very stressful. I was only 3 months into a new job when it happened and I had to have a week off compassionate leave to try and sort our lives out. Since coming home, I actually gave notice on my job and I'm currently not working because I felt I needed to take the time off to come back because it was all very chaotic."

– Lynne Pembroke
Two million litres of water from a burst main flooded homes in South Woodham Ferrers in February Credit: ITV Anglia

More than 50 homes in East Bridge Road were flooded. Until Anglia News contacted the water company, many residents were still in the dark about why the flood happened. Essex and Suffolk Water has now confirmed that the damage was in fact caused by a 40 foot fir tree which was growing close to the pipeline. This tree has now been removed, as have others in the vicinity.

Flooding due to a burst water main in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex in February Credit: ITV Anglia