Photo: Thomson Travel Advisor Mica Loncar with BID Chairman George le Hunte
Businesses are bouncing back after the damaging effects of last month’s torrential rainstorm and the resultant flash flooding.
Several businesses in the town centre were hit hard and had to close their shops whilst repairs were carried out, but with true Camborne spirit they have completed the work and are back in business. What they need now is support.
Those shops worst affected were Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust shop, Tesco, Iceland, Doble Jewellers, Cards for All Occasions, QPrint, Berrymans Bakery, Roots Skate Shop, Thomson travel shop and Scallywags cafe. Most were able to clean up and open within a few hours but for some it took longer.
When Dominic Chatfield, owner of QPrint, discovered the flood damage in his shop he immediately emailed his high street neighbour, Robert Vingo, owner of Berrymans Bakery.
Robert said: “The bakery was shut that day but thanks to Dominic’s early warning and a team effort, it was business as usual the following day.”
Thomson’s was closed for three weeks whilst builders repaired the damage. Phone lines were diverted and staff worked from Thomson offices in other towns so customers were not disappointed. The shop reopened with coffee and cake for customers on Friday 2 October.
The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust shop shut for four days to dry out after the flood. Unfortunately the worst affected area of the premises was the staff room and the warehouse, where all the stock is stored.
Shop Manager, Sue Jenkins, explained: “All our volunteers arrived to help clean up, which is why we were able to re-open the shop so quickly, but what we need now is more stock. We need everything – furniture, clothes, books, toys, crockery and glassware. We also take electrical goods, although not tumble dryers.”
BID Camborne Manager, Mel Martin, said: “The flood was unexpected and extremely damaging. The businesses have worked hard to make repairs and put it all behind them, but what they need now is support from shoppers both local and visiting.”