A couple told how their £5,000 hot tub was lost – and then found – in the chaos of the Boxing Day floods.
Cindy and Tim Baker, of Park Road, Elland, were forced to cut loose their three-ton Jacuzzi as the canal outside their home turned into a raging torrent.
The hot tub battered their home and demolished their £2,500 greenhouse before floating off down the road.
The couple thought they had seen the last of their hot tub until pictures appeared on Facebook.
They had given it up for good until a specialist tradesman who builds swimming pools offered to retrieve and repair it.
Cindy and Tim are now awaiting the return of the floataway hot tub and are grateful to everyone who has helped the stricken community get back on its feet.
Mum-of-one Cindy, 43, said the hot tub saga had been the talk of social media with pictures popping up everywhere.
Cindy said: “It’s unbelievable what’s happened and it’s an amazing story.
“The hot tub was full of water outside our home when the floods struck. Even though it weighed so much we saw it starting to move and the water picked it up and almost smashed it into the house.
“It demolished our 14ft greenhouse and was hanging by the cable which was still attached to the electric box. We thought it was going to pull the house down so Tim went out and cut the cable and the hot tub sailed down the road and ended up in the lock.”
The following day Cindy and Tim, 60, found the hot tub marooned 600 yards away and thought they would never get it back home.
A few days later Cindy was repeatedly contacted by friends on Facebook asking if the hot tub in photographs was theirs.
It was and the couple agreed they would offer it free to anyone who could salvage it.
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Cindy has a rare hereditary condition, haemochromatosis, which causes her liver and other organs to retain too much iron. She has to give a pint of blood every week to remove the iron from her system.
The condition causes joint problems and the hot tub is good therapy.
She added: “It was a proper Jacuzzi and cost £5,000 three years ago. We thought it would probably need a new lid and a new pump.
“Our home was devastated and we can’t get insurance because of previous floods so we couldn’t afford to put it right.”
Someone had tried to remove the hot tub but gave up, dumping it on the ‘wrong’ side of the canal.
That was when tradesman Richard Haigh stepped in. Richard and about 10 others manhandled the hot tub to a waiting truck and took it away.
Richard pledged to repair the hot tub free of charge but Cindy has now offered to pay.
“The hot tub was good therapy for me and it was a really kind gesture from Richard,” said Cindy.
“It’s amazing the amount of help we’ve had. We’ve met some fantastic people and made some really good friends.”
Homes in Park Road flood almost every year but this was the worst. Ironically it was the floods which brought the couple together.
Love blossomed when Cindy, a painter and decorator by trade, was called to help Tim restore his home after a flood.