VINCENT SMITH and his wife Ann may have lost all they had in the storms. But even so they continue to remember the song Always look on the bright side of life after they survived a wall of water which 70-year-old Ann describes as being “like a mini tsunami.”
It was so foreful that it burst through the back door of their home at Avenida Chafarina in Puerta Rey and destroyed walls and doors and washed furniture into the front garden.
Seventy-year-old Ann and her husband managed to escape on to their roof, and Vincent then lowered a ladder to help neighbours escape their flooded gardens. They then waited on the roof together to be rescued by the police and taken to the Red Cross in Vera, where they stayed overnight. Ann and Vincent were later hospitalised with respiratory infections.
With nothing left except the clothes they wear, the couple are unsure if insurance for their house contents was in place. Their car has now been found in Antas, but despite all the negatives, Ann is very positive about the future as long as she can save their home.
Overwhelmed by the kindness and help by strangers, they are additionally grateful to Fernando, Marie and Stefan for all they have done. It has proved as the song says that there really is a bright side of life.