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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by Keven Ball

19th February 2014, at 22:42:23

You need to have better flood defences to help when the floods come it and try and reduce the impact etc.

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by Andy Ash

18th February 2014, at 19:47:56

You cant pump the sea tho lee can you? It only flooded due to the high winds blowing the sea over the seawall.
I do agree the council are a waste of overpaid people who cant do his/her jobs correctly. maybe that's why the island is in the condition it is. But no matter what we say I feel it falls on deaf ears time after time

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by Keven Ball

18th February 2014, at 16:09:16

I hope the flooding issues can be sorted and supported. Moreover, It was nice to see local support and kindness from Tiffins and others, well done to them.

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by Den Young

18th February 2014, at 14:31:45

spot on Lee

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by Andy Ash

18th February 2014, at 12:33:25

Lee

Having the HVP down at cowes high street would of done nothing. Where did you expect to pump this water?
The HVP that has been posted down in Winchester requires far deeper water than what the high street had at the weekend. If the council was more proactive then island roads and the fire service could of sand bagged way before the floods had hit causing less damage during the high tide

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by Peter Jeffery

18th February 2014, at 12:11:00

Steve

As Cowes has a history of flooding, they probably couldn't get insurance, just a thought.

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by Peter Jeffery

18th February 2014, at 12:10:53

Steve

As Cowes has a history of flooding, they probably couldn't get insurance, just a thought.

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by Steve Smith

18th February 2014, at 11:57:42

For those without insurance, they'll have to pay for their own accomodation or else move in with friends or family. Why didn't they take out insurance?

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by Will Matthews

18th February 2014, at 10:27:12

Yes, I did move sandbags in my local area in the middle of the night. If I can get to Steephill, I'll be there. The fact is, hundreds of thousands of people are dying in Syria and other countries as such. As you are such an 'inspiration' to everyone on here, why don't you become MP next year, I'm sure you'll get lots of votes.

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by Will Matthews

18th February 2014, at 09:24:04

Follow the link: I think they are a little worse off.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=syria+troubles&espv=210&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=ayYDU__VBs7xhQeFgYGgBA&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAg&biw=1366&bih=643#q=syria+conflict+2014&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=MAvV2hsvznkxhM%253A%3B0rb5-_k3YeeynM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fi2.wp.com%252Fwww.dailynewsegypt.com%252Fbeta%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2014%252F01%252F296821-01-02.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.dailynewsegypt.com%252F2014%252F01%252F05%252Fsyria-today%252F%3B3837%3B2562

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