British expat ‘lost everything’ during raging floods in Spain shows where his house stood

A British expat, who ‘lost everything’ after a river burst its banks in Spain, returned to where his house stood before it was swept away by catastrophic floods in shocking footage. 

Richard and Liesl Cavender were forced to evacuate the flood-hit town in the Vega Baja last Friday, fleeing with just their passports and some cash.   

But dangerously high water levels in the Segura river prevented the couple from returning until yesterday when they realised their home had been wiped out and their, car and even pets gone.     

In a heart-wrenching clip, Mr Cavender fights back tears as he films the aftermath of the devastating floods, which left nothing but his fridge submerged in muddy water.

Richard Cavender was forced to evacuate the flood-hit town in the Vega Baja with his wife last Friday, fleeing with just their passports and some cash

Richard Cavender was forced to evacuate the flood-hit town in the Vega Baja with his wife last Friday, fleeing with just their passports and some cash

Richard Cavender was forced to evacuate the flood-hit town in the Vega Baja with his wife last Friday, fleeing with just their passports and some cash

High waters meant that their whole street was wiped out, leaving wrecked houses gaping open and debris floating in fast-flowing water.

High waters meant that their whole street was wiped out, leaving wrecked houses gaping open and debris floating in fast-flowing water.

High waters meant that their whole street was wiped out, leaving wrecked houses gaping open and debris floating in fast-flowing water.

In a heart-wrenching clip, Mr Cavender fights back tears as he films the aftermath of the devastating floods which left nothing but dirty water and debris

In a heart-wrenching clip, Mr Cavender fights back tears as he films the aftermath of the devastating floods which left nothing but dirty water and debris

But dangerously high water levels in the Segura river prevented the couple from returning until yesterday when they realised their home, cars and even pets had been swept away

But dangerously high water levels in the Segura river prevented the couple from returning until yesterday when they realised their home, cars and even pets had been swept away

In a heart-wrenching clip, Mr Cavender fights back tears as he films the aftermath of the devastating floods which left nothing but dirty water and debris

‘This used to be my office, this used to be my garden, and this is where my house was,’ a he says. 

‘This is where we had my 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary,’ Richard adds, before noticing his wife’s wrecked car submerged in flowing water.

He pans the camera across the devastation where his home once stood before pointing out his fridge strewn 30ft from what was once the family kitchen.

Richard is heard sobbing as he reveals he has only found one of his five rescue cats – the others presumed killed by the raging waters. 

Mr Cavander and wife  Liesl were left devastated when their home succumbed to the floods

Mr Cavander and wife  Liesl were left devastated when their home succumbed to the floods

Mr Cavander and wife  Liesl were left devastated when their home succumbed to the floods

He pans the camera across the devastation where his home once stood before pointing out his fridge strewn 30ft from what was once the family kitchen

He pans the camera across the devastation where his home once stood before pointing out his fridge strewn 30ft from what was once the family kitchen

He pans the camera across the devastation where his home once stood before pointing out his fridge strewn 30ft from what was once the family kitchen 

The couple's car was carried by fast-flowing water before left wrecked and submerged in dirty water

The couple's car was carried by fast-flowing water before left wrecked and submerged in dirty water

The couple’s car was carried by fast-flowing water before left wrecked and submerged in dirty water

The flash flood caused the couple’s whole street to be wiped out, leaving wrecked houses gaping open and debris floating in fast-flowing water. 

It comes after catastrophic rainfall hit the Vega Baja region of the Costa Blanca following the gota fría storm that dumped a record-breaking rain fall on the nearby city of Orihuela over the weekend.     

Coupled with the added water discharge from the Santomera dam, the Segura river reached breaking point over the weekend as the rains kept coming. 

Concrete walls built after the floods of 1987 could not contain the sheer volume of water and the river burst its banks right across the road from the Cavender’s home. 

Lying in the path of the torrent, their house was completely swept away. 

A GoFundMe fundraiser has since amassed more than £5,000 as 84 well-wishers have pledged to help the Cavenders at this most difficult time. 

‘Their livelihoods were based from home, which has been lost, so they now have very little in the way of income,’ the fundraiser statement reads. 

'This is where we had my 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary,' Richard adds, before noticing his wife's wrecked car submerged in flowing water

'This is where we had my 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary,' Richard adds, before noticing his wife's wrecked car submerged in flowing water

'This is where we had my 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary,' Richard adds, before noticing his wife's wrecked car submerged in flowing water

'This is where we had my 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary,' Richard adds, before noticing his wife's wrecked car submerged in flowing water

‘This is where we had my 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary,’ Richard adds, before noticing his wife’s wrecked car submerged in flowing water

Concrete walls built after the floods of 1987 could not contain the sheer volume of water and the river burst its banks right across the road from the Cavender's home

Concrete walls built after the floods of 1987 could not contain the sheer volume of water and the river burst its banks right across the road from the Cavender's home

Concrete walls built after the floods of 1987 could not contain the sheer volume of water and the river burst its banks right across the road from the Cavender’s home

Mr Cavender is understood to have run an IT support business for local businesses and expats, while wife Liesl ran a website selling replacement printer ink and toners throughout Spain. 

‘The insurance system in Spain doesn’t cover “acts of god”, they have to submit a claim to the government which is likely to take many months before it is settled,’ the GoFundMe statement continues. 

‘Meanwhile they are homeless with just the clothes on their backs from the day they were evacuated.’ 

The couple are understood to be staying at a villa offered by kind-hearted British expats until they can get back on their feet. 

Mr Cavander and his wife are understood to be staying at a villa offered by kind-hearted British expats until they can get back on their feet

Mr Cavander and his wife are understood to be staying at a villa offered by kind-hearted British expats until they can get back on their feet

Mr Cavander and his wife are understood to be staying at a villa offered by kind-hearted British expats until they can get back on their feet

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