STORM Dennis, which hit Worcestershire 12 months ago, devastated the village of Powick.

As many as 25 families had to be rehomed during the floods, which saw parts of the village including Powick Mill almost completely cut off.

District councillor Tom Wells helped rehome some Powick residents in hotels including the Abbey Hotel in Malvern and Stanbrook Abbey in nearby Callow End.

Looking back on the floods, he said: "I remember on the Sunday evening being stood down by the earth bund and seeing it rise.

"Within minutes the water had come over the top, and a resident invited me in to use their landline so I could ring the council for some sandbags.While in there I saw water come through the door to the room I was in and thought we needed to get out."

As a consequence of the floods, 25 households had to evacuate, and Cllr Wells helped secure accommodation for them all.

He said: "We managed to get everyone in and the people at Stanbrook Abbey were amazing. We launched a Facebook appeal and had dozens get in touch saying they had a second home or a holiday let they could support people in. It was testament to the incredible community spirit shown in Powick."

This year, the bund did hold, and Powick was safe fro mthe Storm Christoph floods. This according to Cllr Wells, is because it is normally the River Teme rather than the Severn which causes problems.