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Flooding is latest headache to hit Sunderland’s Midas Touch cafe

Brenda Brow of the Midas Touch Cafe, Blind Lane, Silksworth, starts clearing  water out of her cafe after torrential rain on Wednesday

Brenda Brow of the Midas Touch Cafe, Blind Lane, Silksworth, starts clearing water out of her cafe after torrential rain on Wednesday

A CAFE boss is counting the cost after her business was flooded.

Brenda Brown says she has had problems since she took on the Midas Touch cafe in Blind Lane, Silksworth, six years ago.

Previous problems have seen the paving outside relaid to slant it away from the doors on the street, but says it hasn’t worked.

On Wednesday, when Wearside was hit by a sudden downpour, she was left with another clear up effort after several inches of water seeped into the shop.

The 50-year-old says repairs will cost up to £300. She said: “It looked like there was a river coming through the shop.

“I spoke to the council and I said someone should come out and give us some help, but all they offered was eight sandbags.”

Councillor Michael Mordey, cabinet member for city service, said: “We do everything we can to help residents and businesses prepare and protect their homes and premises from the effects of flooding.

“Yet, in extreme weather conditions, both Northumbrian Water and council highway drainage systems may be unable to cope with the sheer volume of water. An extensive programme of works has been carried out in this area over the years. Drainage gullies have been completely replaced and the footpath re-laid.”

“Ms Brown’s business is at the bottom of a hill and suffers during extremely heavy rainfall and we are aware of her concerns.

“We are working with her to address these wherever possible. This includes responding to specific events with sandbags when they become necessary, providing advice and considering if there are any other longer-term options to reduce flood risk.”

 

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