Farmer rescues family from flooding with his tractor loader bucket

A mum, dad, daughter and their two dogs were all rescued from flooding in a farmer’s tractor loader bucket.

The family were stranded after five feet of water poured into their home, trapping them for nine hours during Storm Dennis.

Muddy water drenched the downstairs of the South Wales property leaving pots and pans bobbing around.

Thankfully, a local farmer came to help them by loading them all into his tractor bucket.

Daughter Amy Price told local paper the South Wales Argus: ‘This is the worst it has ever flooded.

‘The noise it was making was horrendous – it was so scary.’

‘By 7.30am it was impossible to get out. There was four-and-a-half feet of water in the house, and five feet outside.’

Farmer John Young made several attempts to reach them with his tractor but the water level was too high.

He eventually managed to get to them as they sheltered upstairs at 4.30pm yesterday.

They climbed into his tractor bucket and, held above the water line, were taken to safety.


The family home in Llanover was drenched when the river Usk burst its banks overnight.

It was one of three flooded properties on their estate, as across South Wales communities counted the cost of damage as a month’s rain fell in 48 hours. 

Residents in Neath Port Talbot, and towns and villages across Rhondda Cynon Taff and Monmouthshire, were affected.

Police declared a major incident and a severe flood warning – meaning a danger to life – was enforced with hundreds of people evacuated from their homes across the South Wales valleys.

Natural Resources Wales described Storm Dennis as an ‘extremely severe weather event’.

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