Businesses band together during the storm

By David Newble

Monday, February 17, 2014

 

Businesses band together during the storm

Cowes High Street was among the areas on the Isle of Wight hit by flooding on Friday. Picture courtesy of Holly Fletcher.

COWES Business Association (CBA) has thanked quick thinking members of the public and emergency services who rushed to protect shops in the town during the weekend storms.

The Valentine’s Day storm saw sea water cascading down the High Street, threatening many local businesses in the town.

People in the town acted quickly to put sandbags outside properties as the town was inundated with more than two-feet of water.

The association also thanked the offers of help from many people on Facebook who visited the High Street in the aftermath of the storm on Saturday morning.

Maddy Dobson, chairman of the CBA and owner of Green Buoy Arts, said: "Thank you for so many offers of help on Saturday. My gallery was flooded on Friday night and it was wonderful to see the High Street really come together on Saturday to help each other.

"Tiffins offered free drinks to those without power which was a blessing and it was great to see the amazing British spirit on show."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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