Water leak forces Rushden shop to close

Rushden High Street
Rushden High Street

A shop in Rushden has been forced to close this morning (Tuesday, Januay 13) and has lost some of its stock after water flooded into its cellar.

Staff at the ExtraCare shop in High Street say they noticed the water leak on the pavement outside at about 4.30pm yesterday but it was only when they went downstairs as they were closing up that they realised that the cellar was flooded.

The shop stores its stock in the cellar and staff say a “fair amount” of it has been ruined.

The charity’s regional manager Richard Patton was at the shop and he said: “We’ve had to close because the water is coming through the electricity cabinet.

“Not only have we lost stock but we’re also losing whatever business we would have done today.

“At the moment I’ve no idea how much stock we’ve lost.

“There are two huge holes outside the shop and water is gushing down the street.

“I think the water board must have been out overnight and put pumps in the holes because the water in our basement is starting to recede.”

A spokesman for Anglian Water said: “Our engineers were on site yesterday evening and until the early hours, however it’s proving difficult to find the exact location of the leak. Work stopped overnight until this morning so we could avoid customers’ water supply going off. Our teams are back on site today and are working to fix the leak as quickly as possible. In the meantime some customers nearby may be experiencing lower pressure than usual.

“We’re sorry for any disruption caused to customers in the area.”

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust provides a modern, affordable alternative to nursing homes and care homes for elderly people.

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