'My business is ruined' says shop owner hit by flooding
The shops will be closed for a while.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 17 Mar 2017
TWO SHOPS in Scunthorpe could be closed for weeks, if not months, after flooding from an upstairs flat ruined their premises.
Owners of Café at 43 and Keep Yourself Right on Ashby High Street were horrified to find their businesses flooded on Tuesday morning (March 14).
Water poured through the ceiling of both shops from a flat above opposite Ashby Broadway.
Both shops have been closed since then and are unlikely to open again for a while.
You can see a video of the damage at Café at 43 below -
"Flooding was pouring through the ceiling", said the owner of the coffee shop.
"It has damaged everything - the coffee machine, tills, everything electrical is all dead.
"We will need a new ceiling, new floor and new equipment."
The owner said that furniture had also been wrecked.
She said she expected the shop to be closed for a couple of weeks but said she had received lots of support from local businesses and her customers.
Next door Jamie Moss, who runs sports and health supplement store Keep Yourself Right, found his business in the same sorry state on Tuesday morning.
"Basically my business is ruined", he said.
"I'm trying to keep three staff in a job and trying to get back open as soon as possible."
The 35-year-old said he was still in a state of shock but had been boosted by the support of neighbouring business Renshaw's which has kindly offered to let Keep Yourself Right borrow room in their shop so they can continue trading.
The sports and health store is also still able to trade online at www.wildape.co.uk
Outside the two businesses shoppers said it was a "shame" they had been forced to shut their doors and would lose business.