Barrowford shopkeepers rally after flood horror

Stock salvage work in the cellar
Stock salvage work in the cellar
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A Barrowford shop has fully re-opened after floods left the cellar waist-deep in water.

Scruples menswear was one of many businesses in the village devastated by filthy floodwater during the torrential downpour.

The cellar has never flooded like that before. It was a real shock to see all the stock floating around

Co-owner

Co-owner Jan Dickinson (43) and Phil Punchard (47) spent 90 minutes on Boxing Day wading through three feet of water trying to salvage stock.

They grabbed items off the rails, passing them to staff above.

The cellar has still not fully dried out but Jan and co-owner Stephen Collins have now re-stocked it.

Stephen said: “There’s still a bit of work to be done but we are getting there.

“We’ve had dehumidifiers and heaters on to speed up the drying process which is almost complete. Once it’s dried out, we’ll give it a complete renovation and have it looking better than ever!”

Stephen (59) added: “We were really grateful for all the help Phil gave us.

“Without him going into the water, a lot more stock would have been affected.”

The owners have decided to install three larger drainage pumps to try to ensure the cellar does not flood again.

Stephen said: “The cellar has never flooded like that before. It was a real shock to see all the stock floating around.”