Flood couple forced to sell up French home

Martin and Maureen's home, before the flood

A British couple have been forced to sell their home and chambres d’hôtes business after delays to an insurance payout following a flash flood.

Maureen Hemmingway-McLeod, 73, and husband Martin, 76, had to seek refuge upstairs with their four dogs and three cats when the flood hit their village last August.

The authorities described it as a “meteotsunami”.

Water, mud and sewage rose to 1.30m downstairs at their large stone-built home, where they had run a chambres d’hôtes business for 15 years.

One of the flood-damaged rooms in the chambres d’hôtes

The two letting bedrooms on the ground floor, their dining and sitting rooms, kitchen and store rooms were destroyed.

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