A BRADLEY Mills business has been forced to close during the busiest week of the year – losing £10,000 a day – due to a flood at the premises.
Workers at Timothy Wood told how they arrived at around 7am yesterday to find the premises at Riverside Works near the Odeon Cinema flooded due to a nearby burst water pipe.
At least four other premises and an electricity substation were also threatened but the extent of the damage is still being determined.
Timothy Wood’s company secretary, Graham Stanley, 60, said: “I was just coming to work as usual and pulled straight into the car park and then I saw it and had to back up.
“I rang the police non-emergency number and in the meantime Yorkshire Water turned up and managed to turn off the utilities.
“There was around a foot of water and the site is on a slope so it is actually deeper than it appears.”
Speaking of the cost to the business, he added: “We are a builders’ merchants but mainly supply winter tools and have an internet service from the premises.
“This is the busiest week of the year for us. We will lose £10,000 a day and I don’t expect us to be open again now before Christmas.
“We had stock on the ground floor and all the electrics will now have to be rechecked.”
He said anyone who has ordered products would have them dispatched from an alternative site in Lancashire.
Alfatech Garage was also affected by the flood but managed to gain access to the premises by midday yesterday.
Joint owner Danny Robertshaw said: “We had to pump out all the water and the power was back on by lunch time.
“We couldn’t do any MOTs yesterday morning as the bay was flooded but we were able to work on other cars as the site is split and part of it is on higher ground.”
Mr Robertshaw said the garage opened as usual in the afternoon but the water supply was still cut off.
A Yorkshire Water spokesman said: “We’d like to apologise to customers affected by a burst on one of our six-inch water pipes earlier this morning.
“Their swift thinking in calling us enabled us to get out as quickly as possible and stop the leak and we’re now working very closely with any local property owners to help with any incidents of clean water flooding.”