/Storm Ciara blew the roof off my house and Storm Dennis drenched it

Storm Ciara blew the roof off my house and Storm Dennis drenched it

When Storm Ciara blew the roof off Colin Woolford’s house he probably thought his luck couldn’t get any worse.

But then, just days later, Storm Dennis arrived bringing torrential rain and soaked his roof-less home in the Rhondda.

The damage caused on Amos Hill by Storm Ciara
(Image: Richard Swingler)

Strong winds brought in by Storm Ciara caused massive damage to their house in Penygraig. It left them with multiple leaks and various cracks in the ceiling throughout the property.

Around seven days later Storm Dennis hit the country and brought heavy rain, and added to Colin’s problems.

The damage caused to Colin Woolford’s home after Storm Dennis
(Image: Colin Woolford)
Inside Colin’s home
(Image: Colin Woolford)

Colin said: “I couldn’t get the roof on over the last week because of the bad weather, so we’ve had to put a temporary roof up.

“It’s just all wet. It’s [Storm Ciara] already damaged everything. But this just made it worse.

“Luckily enough we live on the bottom of a hill and we haven’t been flooded, but it’s not been good.

“The recent weather means it’s gone from four ceilings damaged in the house to six.”

The damaged roof pictured from the inside before Storm Dennis
(Image: Colin Woolford)

He said the water has now made its way down to the living room and kitchen, with the ceilings now needing to be taken down and replaced.

He said the attic bedroom is “drenched” with the electrics damaged.

Colin added: “The temporary roofing was not the best but that was all we could do in the torrential rain and high winds, it did hold out more rain than it let in so I was happy that the damage was kept to a minimum.”

As soon as the weather breaks they will attempt to fix the roof, but Colin said they need the guarantee of a few hours of dry weather.

Despite the lack of roof, Colin said he’s still living at the property to try and prevent any further damage and even slept there as Storm Dennis swept through.

The temporary roof on the property
(Image: Colin Woolford)

The Balfour Beatty railway worker described waking up to “horrendous weather” and “howling rain” during Storm Ciara, and said it wasn’t much better as Dennis hit.

He said: “It was horrendous. I was up and down all night emptying buckets, trying to secure the batons down. But with these winds you just can’t.”

Despite the roof being renewed only around seven years ago the strong winds last weekend caused a large part of it to blow away.

Colin said previously: “I worked Saturday night and came home and went to bed at about 5.30am.

“Then my wife woke up just gone 12, saying ‘quick, quick, the roof has blown off’.

“I jumped out of bed, got the electricity off and started making everything safe.”

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And, as the clean-up operation begins across the country, the Met Office has warned there is  further rain to fall in Wales during the coming week.

During the weekend the country was battered by winds topping 90mph and rainfall of more than 16cm in some areas as more than a  month’s worth of rain fell in 48 hours.

The storm was declared  a “major incident” by police and many towns and villages across south Wales suffered severe flooding with hundreds of people having to be evacuated from their homes.

The resulting disruption continues, with commuters told to expect changes and cancellations to rail and bus services on Monday.

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