A BRITISH expat has told of his agony after losing everything — bar his fridge — after a river burst its banks in Spain during savage storms Richard and Liesl Cavender were forced to evacuate the flood-hit town in the Vega Baja fleeing with just their passports and a little cash After evacuating the area last Friday, Richard returned to where his house stood before it was swept away and filmed the devastation Dangerously high water levels in the Segura river stopped him from returning until yesterday When he did he was left gob-smacked as he realised their home had been totally wiped out Their car and even their pets were gone. Only his fridge remains and that is submerged in muddy water In the clip, Mr Cavender fights back tears as he films the aftermath. Richard said: “This used to be my office, this used to be my garden, and this is where my house was “This is where we had my 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary.” The flash flood caused the couple’s whole street to be wiped out Wrecked houses can be seen gaping open and debris floating about. It comes after catastrophic rainfall hit the Vega Baja region of the Costa Blanca following the gota fría storm Over the weekend that dumped a record-breaking rain fall on the nearby city of Orihuela Added water discharge from the Santomera dam worsened matters and the Segura river reached breaking point A GoFundMe fundraiser has since amassed more than £5,000 as 84 well-wishers have pledged to help the Cavenders at this most difficult time The fundraiser statement reads. “Their livelihoods were based from home, which has been lost, so they now have very little in the way of income ” Mr Cavender is understood to have run an IT support business for local businesses and expats His wife Liesl ran a website selling printer ink and toners throughout Spain. Spain’s worst storms for 140 years have claimed their seventh victim after the body of a Dutch citizen washed away by a torrent of water was found in a drainage ditch by a man on a quad bike He called the Civil Guard and informed the authorities that the body had the characteristics of the missing man: white hair, a tattoo and the clothes he was wearing when he went missing The 66-year-old man disappeared on Sunday when torrential rain hit Alicante. His body was only discovered yesterday in a canal near the Segura river and has now been formally identified It is understood he was out walking with family and friends when he was swept into the canal The torrents had dragged him several miles away. Divers, dogs, police and a Civil Guard helicopter had been searching the area around the town of Dolores, just one of the places badly hit by the “gota fría” as the weather phenomenon is known in Spain The “cold drop” occurs when a polar air front meets warmer conditions on the Mediterranean coast A huge mopping up operation is still underway in eastern Spain, particularly the Murcia, Valencia and western Andalucia regions where damaged is estimated at more than 200 million euros Some of the villages are still inaccessible. At one stage during the freak weather, 35,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at [email protected] co.uk or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too Click here to upload yours.