Charity shop starts clean up after flood

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A charity shop in Sandiacre was forced to closed when heavy rain caused it to flood .

Treetops Hospice in Risley closed on July 22 after flooding caused extensive damage.

The charity is now focusing its efforts on the clean-up operation, including getting rid of the damp caused by the water, so they can re-open again as soon as possible..

Though other shops on the street also experienced damage due to the rain, including the post office, the Treetops Hospice shop was worst affected.

Sara McLuckie, retail manager for the Risley based charity, said the shop is close to a busy road where the water level had risen and was likely to have been forced under the door by passing lorries.

She said: “We got the worst of it. The whole shop floor was underwater, one and a half inches above the carpet. It was filthy water too.”

The shop had to be cleared out completely and the floor pulled up, with the cost of the damage still being totted up.

Sara added that they had never encountered anything like it before but a refurbishment was currently under way with a view to opening the shop in the near future.

Some stock was saved from the flood and the front door will be replaced to prevent it from happening again.

Treetops offers help and care to people suffering life-limiting conditions.

The shop is one of 12 run by Treetops and it relies on volunteers to keep up and running, along with donations.