A 96-year-old RAF veteran who was solely capable of get well his conflict medals when Storm Dennis devastated his house is making “nice progress” after transferring in together with his daughter.
Gordon Matthews needed to be saved by boat when the storm swept knee-high floodwaters by his South Wales property in February – which additionally occurred to be on his birthday.
He has since moved in with daughter Catherine, who lives a brief drive from his dwelling in Nantgarw, and is alleged to be “starting to get well from the misery” after Cardiff Council tailored the property to make him comfy.
Council chief Huw Thomas mentioned: “The work at Mr Matthews’ daughter’s dwelling means he can dwell with household and never be alone at this notably tough time.”
He added: “We all know he’s starting to get well from the misery he skilled earlier within the yr and is settling in very nicely, having fun with each day train locally, which is having a constructive impact on his bodily and psychological wellbeing.”
The property in Tongwynlais, which was additionally Mr Matthews’ childhood dwelling, now has a stair-lift, a level-access bathe and rails to assist his mobility – and has some chair raisers and a mattress loop rail to assist him get up.
There may be additionally further heating put in, and higher entry to the home.
Mr Matthews’ daughter mentioned the additional installations meant she now not needed to fear about her father being on his personal in the home, and that he did not should really feel “trapped” within the bed room.
She mentioned: “I haven’t got to fret about him making an attempt the steps alone and doubtlessly having an accident. He’s making nice progress in his day-to-day dwelling, even strolling slightly bit additional on daily basis to construct up his power.”
Storm Dennis precipitated extreme flooding throughout large components of Wales and the West Midlands when it hit in February.
The influence was notably harsh because it arrived not lengthy after Storm Ciara.
A report from the Affiliation of British Insurers (ABI) in March estimated clean-up prices for each hostile climate occasions might surpass £360m.