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Landlady Helen counts the cost.

Landlady at the Dyvels pub Helen Murray awoke in the early hours last January to find that her bar was completely submerged by water.

Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to the Corbridge pub and Helen, who had only arrived in the area eight weeks earlier, was left with a pounds 20,000 personal loss.

Looking back on the events a year ago, Helen, 46, said she hoped it was not something she would ever have to go through again.

"I went downstairs to see what I could retrieve and couldn't believe it, water was bursting into the bar and was rising very quickly," she said.

"Luckily we were able to take refuge upstairs, but I was very frightened that the water was going to keep rising."

Five months later Helen was one of the first to return to Station Road and was overwhelmed by the support she received.

"The regulars were waiting outside the door on the first day of opening. People were so supportive and I think it has brought the community together.

"We have set up a flood group and have been discussing ways of being more prepared in the future, such as having a good stock of sandbags."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2006
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