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Flood-hit shop owners pledge to reopen in the new year


THE CLEAN-UP from Storm Desmond is well underway but the effects will take a long time to dissipate as shops like Wishes of Cockermouth are unable to reopen until the new year.

Owners Fiona and Victoria Robinson had hoped to get the doors back open at their Main Street shop – pictured above during and after the flood – as soon as possible but there is too much damage following the floods over the weekend.
They have been touched by customers pledging to stay loyal and insisting their money for balloon orders that can’t now be met should be donated to the Cumbrian Flood Appeal.
Originally they thought they’d be open again within a couple of days because the water wasn’t as deep as they’d feared thanks to their floodgates, and Monday saw them begin clearing up by throwing out the sodden carpet.
“Despite feeling so positive at the start of the week,” Fiona wrote on their Facebook page last night (Thursday, December 10), “unfortunately the water and the moisture in our shop and stock room has done too much damage to both our paper/card stock and fixtures and fittings.
“We’ve had to close and are now awaiting a professional clear out. We will be back next year, as soon as we possibly can, with a full new re-fit which we’re already getting the ball rolling for.
“We would like to thank everyone for their help, advice, support and kindness during this very difficult week, and wish everyone every success for Cockermouth By Candlelight tomorrow, Taste Cumbria this weekend and onwards Christmas trading.”
“Continue to be touched this evening, have been contacting our customers regarding their balloon orders and to arrange their refunds. They are requesting that any monies due to them is given to the Cumbria Flood Appeal. Fantastic people!”
Doodlelove Designs, pictured below during the flood and mid clear-up, was another member of the greetings industry to suffer from the storm’s effects.
Founder Lela Cribbin wrote on Facebook: “Cumbria has taken a bit of a battering this weekend leaving my studio in Kendal under three feet of water!
“Fortunately all my stock and equipment was upstairs and we managed to save everyone's work downstairs.
"After a good day of moping, sweeping and cleaning out I am happy to report that Doodlelove towers now has electricity and Internet. This is such a relief at this crazy busy time of year."
Mind you Lela had to dig out her warn jacket today (Friday, December 11) after the heating packed up, but at least she's been able to get back to work.

To donate to the Cumbria Flood Appeal visit or text 70070 with the message FLUD15 and a monetary amount, eg FLUD15 £10.

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