Shopkeeper tells of ‘unthinkable damage’ after floods

Janet Bell owner of Robinson the Butchers in Wingate with damaged goods outside of her office. Picture by FRANK REID
Janet Bell owner of Robinson the Butchers in Wingate with damaged goods outside of her office. Picture by FRANK REID
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HEAVY rain caused disruption across East Durham as flooding hit roads, homes and businesses.

Lesley Bell, who owns Robinson’s Butchers, on Front Street, Wingate, woke up at 2.30am on Tuesday to find the basement flooded, causing “unthinkable damage”.

Wingate resident Dave Collins brushes rain water out of his garage. Picture by FRANK REID

Wingate resident Dave Collins brushes rain water out of his garage. Picture by FRANK REID

The 52-year-old: “I woke up and ran downstairs to find large amounts of water in the basement.

“I immediately tried to clear out the water and stop any more damage. The main shop is fine and open as usual but it is under the shop that we are worried about.

“We have moved out anything that can’t be recovered and the council only started bringing the sandbags at about 9am.”

Horden homes near the beach were also affected by flooding.

County Councillor Dennis Maddison, who represents Horden, said: “It is terrible here and some people are struggling to get to work.”

A spokeswoman from Durham County Council said: “We are doing everything we can to make sure this does not affect people again.

“Many of the properties in the area are at risk of flooding due to the way the land lies.

“Now all we can do is prepare and work together to make sure we minimise damage.”

Inspector Dave Coxon, of Peterlee Police, added: “My team has been dealing with the traffic concerns and trying to get people through the affected areas.”