Couple spend £100k to put home on 12ft STILTS after they faced losing it to regular flooding – The Sun

Couple spend £100k to put home on 12ft STILTS after they faced losing it to regular flooding – The Sun

January 31, 2022

A COUPLE who faced losing their home after it was damaged by flooding are in fear no more – after they put the house on 12ft STILTS.

Dawn and Sam Ray have lived close to the banks of the River Severn in Walham, Gloucestershire, for nearly fifty years, but have now found a solution to the frequent flooding.

The pair spent over £100,000 having builders lift part of the house onto 12ft high stilts – meaning the couple are high and dry in all weathers.

The couple took occasional flooding for granted until the house was flooded by 4ft 6in of water in 2007.

Dawn, 78, said: "We've lived here for over 45 years so there's no chance we're going anywhere.

"In the floods of 2007 the front room was under 4ft of water.

"We could have had it put right by insurance but it would have happened again two or three times since so we decided to go down this route.


"We definitely made the right decision.

"We've got no worries at all and it's an excellent place to live."

The couple lived in Ray's "man cave" – a shed nicknamed "Chez Ray" while builders spent six months painstakingly moving the house onto four 12ft high stilts.

Sam said: "We lived in the shed for six months while the house was being built.

"The house is basically a bungalow on stilts."

During the recent flooding in Gloucestershire, Sam said the house has come out unscathed.


The couple have even been marooned at the house for up to a week.

Sam, 82, said: "We've had a bit of seepage underneath but we would have had a foot in the old house.

"Now we can just sit and watch the water appear.

"We do get marooned but the way we look at it is that if we can't get out than no one else can get in.

"We stock up with supplies. The longest we've been marooned is a week.

"When we were younger we just used to wade through the water to where the car was uphill.

"It was an adventure, now we just take it in our stride.

"Sometime's it'a bit like living in a castle."

Dawn and Sam finally moved into their new home early in 2009 – and have been dry ever since.

Sam said: "It wasn't sellable and we like living here.



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"The water can't reach us now. A lot of people say we've done the right thing.

"As we get older we intend to stay at the house. There's just the one flight of steps so it's quite easy."


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