Business devastated by freak weather

Robinsons the Butchers owner Janet Bell with ruined stock outside her premises in Wingate. Below, business co-owner Trevor Robinson sweeps water out of one of the stock rooms
Robinsons the Butchers owner Janet Bell with ruined stock outside her premises in Wingate. Below, business co-owner Trevor Robinson sweeps water out of one of the stock rooms

A BUSINESS owner saw first hand the devastation that can be caused by freak weather conditions.

Janet Bell, 52, who owns Robinsons Butchers, in Front Street, Wingate, woke up at 2.30am on Tuesday morning to the sight of the basement being flooded, causing “unthinkable damage”.

Trevor Robinson from Wingate butchers Robinsons sweeps water out of one of the stock rooms. . Picture by FRANK REID

Trevor Robinson from Wingate butchers Robinsons sweeps water out of one of the stock rooms. . Picture by FRANK REID

She added: “I woke up and ran downstairs to find large amounts of water in the basement.

“I couldn’t believe it. I immediately tried to clear out the water and stop anymore damage that could occur.

“The main shop is fine and open as usual but it is under 
the shop that we are worried about.

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

Horden residents towards the beach banks were also affected by the flooding.

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

“We are doing all we can to help people out and get the water cleared.”

People found it hard to get to work because of the flooded areas and one resident from Easington, who did not want to be named, said: “The road through Easington connects to Seaham and finally into Sunderland, which causes a massive back-up of traffic in the village.

“Something needs to happen quickly to make sure that we don’t have this problem every time we have a bit of rain.”