THE county is still having to deal with flooding as the river Wye burst its banks again this week.

Low-lying land near to the river from Hay-on-Wye to Ross-on-Wye was under water, but the peak in Hereford city centre was more than a metre below that seen in the wake of Storm Dennis.

The A438 at Letton, west of Hereford, was one of the roads affected by flooding, with firefighters called to reports of stranded cars.

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Fire crews were called to the A438. Picture: Leintwardine Fire Station

Flood barriers were put up along the Wye in Hereford, and Wyeford Road car park in Hay-on-Wye was under water at 10am on Tuesday morning.

The river peaked in the border town at 3.6 metres on Tuesday, with the highest on record 4.7 metres in October 1998.

The river reached 4.81 metres in Hereford at around 4am on Wednesday, with nearby residents living in Greyfriars Avenue still recovering from flooding in February.

Anthony Williams, a nurse at Hereford County Hospital, has been one of the dozens of residents in the street to benefit from the flood appeal set up by the Hereford Times and the Herefordshire Community Foundation, which is handing an initial £200 payment to flood-hit households.

Mr Williams, 52, said his family’s house had been badly affected and the ordeal was “devastating”.

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The inside of the house in Greyfriars Avenue after the flood water receded

“We had up to about a metre of floodwater in the house. It was all throughout the house,” he said.

“A lot was damaged. Carpets, walls, furniture, our Karndean flooring and our fitted kitchen is all warped. It cost £7,500 and we’ve only had it six months.

“We’re trying to cope as best we can and keep in high spirits.”

So far Mr Williams has benefited from £700 in donations to help with the immediate aftermath.

“We’ve been supported through the council and the community foundation and we can’t appreciate them enough,” he said.

“It’s been a great help and we’ve gone ahead to try and buy things.

“We’ve bought new furniture so the £500 from the council went towards that, and we were measured for new carpets so the £200 will go towards that.

“Normally, we wouldn’t ask, but given the situation but all the families here (in Greyfriars Avenue) have taken the help.”

He also praised the work of the street’s flood warden Colin Taylor, who helped to evacuate the houses when the floodwater left residents stranded.

Wye Flooring has also been able to donate a carpet for the dining room, which Mr Williams said has made his property feel more homely.

Donations can still be made to the flood appeal, with the current total now more than £59,000.

For more information, to donate or apply for funding visit herefordshirecf.org.

A £10 donation can also be made by texting CLEANUP 10 to 70085. Text costs £10 plus your standard message rate.