Many people in the UK were left having a Dickensian Christmas by candle light as large regions of the country were left underwater after the stormiest Christmas on record left large swathes of the picturesque regions of Surrey submerged.
One of my assignments sent me to the Leatherhead and Box Hill area of Surrey after torrential overnight downpours took residents by surprise left the area in shocking mess.Many were left without electricity.One hotel the Burford Bridge Hotel was flooded out and guests who had left their cars opposite overnight awoke to find their cars under water.
One lady I spoke to told of her horror after her horse stable was destroyed overnight by heavy winds and rain leaving her horses without a shelter but thankfully unhurt.
Having managed to find my way into the area via a small pathway that became a temporary road ,things became a bit more tricky getting out when a bus trying to negotiate the road became stuck in mud blocking the only road out.Thankfully it only lasted a few hours. My sympathy goes to those who found themselves marooned over Christmas.
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Motorists try to recover a submerged vehicle Mickleham Surrey.
A coach blocks the the only exit from the village of Mickleham after becoming mired in mud.
A Suzuki Jeep struggles in the flood water.
Properties under threat.
The submerged Burford Bridge Hotel in Burford Surrey
A snorkel equipped Landrover from the AA trying to help trapped motorists.
Cyclists and flooded routes.
Waterlogged guests cars at the Burford Bridge Hotel.
A Land rover opens its doors to let water out while negotiating flooding in Leatherhead.
Sally Perry whose horses had a narrow escape when high winds and torrential rain destroyed her horse shelter.The horses were miraculously unharmed.
Horses that survived having their shelter destroyed.