A Skegness business has been counting the cost of flood damage to its premises this morning (Monday, March 9), following a burst water pipe to one of the main feeds into Skegness.
The water main burst just after 8pm last night (Sunday, March 8) opposite Roman Bank Gargage, on Roman Bank in Skegness.
Stanley Williamson, owner of the garage said: “I was knocked up at about quarter to nine by a neighbour, informing me of the burst. When I arrived outside the front of the garage, water was gushing out of the pavements, throwing sand and earth out of the ground and onto the front of the garage forecourt, down the driveways to the garages at the back - it was like a river.”
Stanley promptly dialled 999 and the fire brigade were quickly at the scene, pumping out floodwater from the basement of the garage, which had flooded the workshops at the back of the site, the MOT bay and the ground floor of the attached house, along with much of his garage equipment to around two foot deep.
The water main was eventually switched off at around 9.45pm by Anglian Water, however much of Stanley’s garage had already suffered severe flooding.
Stanley estimates the damage could cost him in the region of £10,000, but was amazed that no one passing by had not rang up to report the burst sooner.
Stanley’s business is operating at a minimum this morning, as he stayed up until midnight to clear the deluge and rescue any equipment from further damage and was again up early this morning with his two staff, clearing some more.
“We had a good clean down best we could this morning,” said Stan.
“However, we have had to turn quite a lot of business away this morning,” he added.
Over the coming days, Stanley said he would be busy assessing the damage to his equipment and checking what of that is safe and able to be used again.
“Ironically I’ve just had all my electrical equipment checked recently, but now it will have to be checked again, but I’m told no one will come and assess the damage caused until the mains is fully repaired.”
Nik Shelton, Anglian Water spokesman, said: “We are very sorry that a burst water main in Roman Bank caused flooding to a local business on Sunday evening.
“A clean up crew has been instructed and is on its way to the site.
“The burst in the 12 inch pipe happened yesterday evening. Engineers were quickly at the scene to stop the water leaking and begin repairs. No properties have been taken off water and we will continue to work through the night with the aim of fixing the pipe and reinstating the road tomorrow.
“We understand how disruptive this must have been and will be doing everything we can to see that things are put right as quickly as possible. One of our loss adjustors will be making contact with the business which was affected.”