UK tornado wreckage and smashed cars still lying in street 3 months after freak storm


Residents are still living with the “terrifying” memories – and the extensive damage – caused by the freak weather event which ripped through Buttermere Crescent in Humberstone, Cleethorpes last September

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Residents on a UK street who were hit by a roof-ripping tornado are still living with the trauma and the devastating path of destruction it left behind.

The freak weather event struck Humberston, Cleethorpes, on September 27 last year, with Buttermere Crescent suffering the brunt of the damage.

Terrified neighbours watched from their windows as a three-tonne campervan was flung 20ft into the air before crashing down in one garden, while roof tiles left blowing around like “a deck of cards”, GrimsbyLive reports.

Properties on nearby Derwent Drive and Conniston Crescent were also battered by the tornado – but months on the traumatised residents say they are facing a new nightmare with their attempts to get insurance companies and tradesman to fix the damage.

Outside the home of Linda and Bob Salt, there is a skip full of debris and piles of new roof tiles still waiting to be fitted.

Linda and Bob Salt are still waiting for a pile of new roof tiles sat outside their home to be fitted
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Speaking to GrimsbyLive, Linda said: “It was like a bomb had gone off or a plane had crashed.

“I didn’t know whether to stay indoors for safety or go outside. I could see roof tiles flying around like a deck of cards so couldn’t go out. It was terrifying.”

She added their experience of liaising with their insurers had been “nothing but hassle.”

She said: “It would have helped if people came and did what they said they would do.

“There were holes in our roof for weeks and then the rain poured in causing more damage in the kitchen.

The tornado ripped through several streets in the normally quiet residential area
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“If the holes in the roof had got sorted sooner we wouldn’t be in this mess with damp in the kitchen ceiling.”

Their garden fence was also ripped up and a garden brick wall was destroyed.

The couple had been celebrating 50 years in their home since moving in after they married.

Linda said: “The neighbours were brilliant and offered help and brought soup and corned beef sandwiches.

Bizarrely, Bob’s Fiat Panda escaped without even a scratch, but several other vehicles on the road, including the airborne campervan, were completely written off.

The owner of the campervan and neighbour, Gary Fox, said the vehicle which was hoisted into the air and dropped yards away had caused significant damage to his late mother’s home.

Gary Fox’s campervan was thrown 20ft into the air before it came crashing down again in his late mother’s garden
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Gary said there was still a lot of work to be done – but the shortage of tradesmen had meant repairs had taken months.

He said: “It has been a fight all the way.

“It is bad and I am still not happy with the roof and people don’t turn up to do the work when they say they will. It has been a terrible time,” he said.

Tragically his mother had died two weeks before the tornado adding to the stress and grief of his loss.

He said: “The campervan was written off, but the insurer LV was brilliant they paid out and even sent me a hamper, which was nice of them. But the home insurers have been a struggle.”

He is still waiting for his gas fire to be fixed.

The campervan laid overturned in the garden in front of stunned residents
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Many vehicles on the road were written off
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Neighbour David Quinn said: “I was surprised it happened in our country in a place like Cleethorpes that could get a tornado.

“It took off all my ridge tiles and damaged the garage door. I was lucky compared to others. But other houses didn’t get touched.

“The main problem is that I did not expect it to be so expensive to repair.

Other residents were also still traumatised by the tornado.

One said: “Dealing with the insurers has been worse.

The nightmare continues for residents who are still battling to have repairs done months later
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“They have said they won’t pay out because the wind speed was just 48mph, according to their survey.

“They don’t class it as storm damage. 48mph wind is not enough to lift a campervan and do all this damage. It is frustrating.”

Residents, with lesser damage, in other parts of Humberston are also still counting the cost of damage and awaiting repairs.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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