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'It's just a complete mess'
David Maskell in his flooded Carlisle home
As the clear-up begins, residents hope insurers 'will be good to us'
Days after floods swept through homes across Carlisle, its residents are returning to their sodden homes.

Among them is David Maskell, 42, whose "dream" home in Warwick Avenue, in the Cumbrian city, was deluged after the River Eden burst its banks on Saturday.

Now a layer of silt covers every room, while many possessions are ruined and the carpets saturated.

"At the moment I feel like I've done 10 rounds with Mike Tyson," he said. "We can't live in it for quite some time."

"I don't know where we are going to live and I don't know how long it's going to take to get sorted," said the married father-of-one.

'Ideal home'

"All we can do is speak to the insurance company and pray that they come good and look after us.

"We don't want anything extra, we just want it back the way it was."

"We moved into this house in July or August last year and it was our ideal home.

"It was just perfect, all secluded at the back so no-one could see in, and all we ever really wanted."

Another resident, 33-year-old Joanne Hastings, said she was "gutted" after spending the last three years redecorating her house.

"I've spent the last three years laying down laminate flooring, buying new furniture and putting the finishing touches to my house."

Now her new laminate flooring lies in pieces scattered around the downstairs rooms,while stains on the wallpaper show where the water levels reached.

'It's heartbreaking'

"Look at it, it's just a complete mess," Ms Hastings said.

"How do you even begin to clear this lot up? It's heartbreaking.

"I've stayed here the whole time really because I was too worried to leave the house.

"Over the weekend the water in the streets came up to the top of the front gate and you have to go everywhere by boat.

"I've had no electrics and no gas, I just stayed in bed to keep warm."

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