Uckfield’s Sam Imber came home last night after 27 hours helping desperate people in flood-bound Wraysbury.
Sam, who featured on UckfieldNews.com on Monday morning because of his voluntary efforts to aid people in crisis helped evacuate 20 people from their homes in the Berkshire village which has been inundated by water from the Thames.
The 25-year-old man said those rescued ranged in age from one year to a man in his 80s. A dog was taken to safety too.
Sam said he had been watching the news on Monday morning when he saw people in Wraysbury in tears not knowing what to do. They had received no assistance, didn’t have access to four-wheel drive vehicles or tractors and the water was getting very deep.
“I just jumped in my truck and went down there. I had waders with me and was let through the road closure because I had come to help,” he said.
Sam was paired with another man who had travelled from Portsmouth also having seen the plight of people on the news.
“We walked one 82-year-old man from his home to safety. The water was up to my chest.
“There was engine oil in it and fuel coming off the road surface and there were rats in the water. It was absolutely disgusting. I thought to myself that I didn’t want to be in this water but we had to go and get the guy out.”
Sam found himself at the centre of media attention. People were surprised he had driven for two-and-a-half hours to help villagers. He was interviewed by the BBC, ITV and Sky among others.
“Every single person who walked past in the street was thanking us. It touched me how these people have been affected and I had a tear in my eye when I left.
“I didn’t want to leave but I have got a business to run. I am hoping to go back down there at the weekend.”
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