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Homeless couple in Gloucester 'lose everything' in Storm Ciara

Lauren Butcher and her partner Jason Jenkins were living in a tent on Alney Island, next to the River Severn, Credit: Gloucestershire Live

A homeless couple in Gloucester have 'lost everything' in Storm Ciara after their tent was flooded.

Lauren Butcher and her partner Jason Jenkins had been living in a tent on Alney Island, next to the River Severn, for the past two weeks.

But on Tuesday (11th February) morning they were alerted by nearby workmen about the danger of rising waters threatening their home.

Waters had already reached knee high and luckily - thanks to the early warning - they were able to reach safety just moments before their home was overrun by floods.

The couple had been using a generator to power electrical devices like tablets and laptops - which have now all been destroyed by the floods.

Storm Ciara brought winds of up to 70mph and heavy rain. Credit: Gloucestershire Live
The workmen gave the pair overalls to wear and let them stay in the cabin they have on site. Credit: Gloucestershire Live

After losing everything, the workmen gave the pair overalls to wear and let them stay in a cabin they had on site.

Lauren who is 23, praised the workmen, saying, "If it hadn't been for the workmen warning us we would have been gone with the Severn.

"I opened the door to the tent and the water was already knee high, and it hit me back off my feet."

Lauren Butcher and her partner Jason Jenkins were living in a tent on Alney Island Credit: Gloucestershire Live
Lauren who is 23, praised the workmen Credit: Gloucestershire Live

If it hadn’t been for the workmen warning us we would have been gone with the Severn.

I opened the door to the tent and the water was already knee high, and it hit me back off my feet.

A massive thank you to the workmen because they got us out just in time.

– Lauren Butcher

However, the pair have now been housed in Gloucester by company Easy Rent Now.

We offer tenancies without references or deposits to help people get back on their feet. There is a massive demand for these tenancies in Gloucester. I am glad to be in a position to be able to help this couple.

– Sarah Walker, Easy Rent Now