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Floating coffins add to flood misery as villagers in tears at devastation

Adrift: Coffins swept from stands in parlour after the Don burst its banks, ruining homes and businesses PICTURES: SWNS/CHRIS NEILL

COFFINS were left floating in water as a South Yorkshire village remained ravaged by floods yesterday.

The empty caskets were swept from their stands in a funeral parlour — one of dozens of properties submerged in flood waters in Fishlake, near Doncaster.

Submerged: Aerial view of Fishlake village where threat-to-life warnings remain

Mark Sengelow, 47, woke up on Saturday to find his house in 2ft of dirty water.

‘It stinks, there’s debris and sewage in it,’ said the builder, who has been forced to seek refuge at a friend’s house on higher ground with his partner and three children.

Andrew Benford, 55, described his ‘heartbreak’ at seeing the ‘devastation’ to his family home. A farmer is trying to arrange temporary accommodation for him, while his elderly mother is staying with a friend.

‘I have lost everything. The council has abandoned us,’ he said.

Tearful businesswoman Pam Webb hit out at a ‘lack of communication’ by authorities after her Truffle Lodge spa was ‘ruined’.

Blame: Pam Webb’s health spa is ‘ruined’

Doncaster council said fire crews are ‘on hand’ to rescue residents still in their homes. Five threat-to-life warnings remained in place on the River Don yesterday.