A BRITISH expat has told of his agony after losing everything — bar his fridge — after a river burst its banks in Spain during savage storms.
Richard and Liesl Cavender were forced to evacuate the flood-hit town in the Vega Baja fleeing with just their passports and some cash.
After evacuating the area last Friday, Richard returned to where his house stood before it was swept away and filmed the devastation.
Dangerously high water levels in the Segura river stopped him from returning until yesterday.
When he did he was left gob-smacked as he realised their home had been totally wiped out.
Their car and even their pets were gone.
Only his fridge remains and that is submerged in muddy water.
In the clip, Mr Cavender fights back tears as he films the aftermath.
He said: “This used to be my office, this used to be my garden, and this is where my house was.
“This is where we had my 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary.”
The flash flood caused the couple’s whole street to be wiped out.
Wrecked houses can be seen gaping open and debris floating about.
It comes after catastrophic rainfall hit the Vega Baja region of the Costa Blanca following the gota fría storm.
This used to be my office, this used to be my garden, and this is where my house was
Ex-pat Richard Caveder
Over the weekend that dumped a record-breaking rain fall on the nearby city of Orihuela over the weekend.
Sdded water discharge from the Santomera dam, worsened matters and the Segura river reached breaking point.
A GoFundMe fundraiser has since amassed more than £5,000 as 84 well-wishers have pledged to help the Cavenders at this most difficult time.
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The fundraiser statement reads. “Their livelihoods were based from home, which has been lost, so they now have very little in the way of income.”
Mr Cavender is understood to have run an IT support business for local businesses and expats, while wife Liesl ran a website selling replacement printer ink and toners throughout Spain.
‘The insurance system in Spain doesn’t cover “acts of god”, they have to submit a claim to the government which is likely to take many months before it is settled,’ the GoFundMe statement continues.
‘Meanwhile they are homeless with just the clothes on their backs from the day they were evacuated.’
The couple are understood to be staying at a villa offered by kind-hearted British expats until they can get back on their feet.
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