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Town appeals for help following devastating floods

In the same week non-essential retailers were finally allowed to reopen their doors, the majority of shops in Nailsworth have suffered from flooding.

Now retailers are in desperate need of sandbags to prevent further flooding and dehumidifiers to start to dry their premises out.

Sarah Martin of Nailsworth Chamber of Trade, said: "The fire service has been brilliant, I can't fault them. And the community have offered humidifiers and have been getting out with brooms to help clear up.

"We understand that people are strapped for money now. Any contributions people can make will go towards the dehumidifiers we're hiring and the sandbags we're buying.

"The retailers have already lost so much money over the past three months. If anyone can help put paint on the walls when they dry out, it would be much appreciated."

A Facebook post from the Chamber of Trade said: "This is a devastating blow to the town, they have worked so hard to update their shops while being shut for the last three months due to the pandemic and have only just opened to welcome the public back.

"Unfortunately, flooding has become all too common in Nailsworth and with the very hot weather the ground is so hard, and the water is not absorbing into the ground.

"Flood damage is going to put an enormous financial burden on those who are unfortunate enough to be affected by it. The water damage to the properties and the stock is going to cause thousands of pounds of debt. Which our traders are not going to be able to shoulder.

"So I am asking the town of Nailsworth to join together in raising money to help are traders who have been very sadly affected by the storm. We have more rain forecast, so it is looking pretty bleak."

Anyone who can make a donation should donate to:

Nailsworth Chamber of Trade & Commerce

Payment details: Lloyds Bank

Sort code: 30-98-29

Account no: 01947248

Ref: 16th June Flood

If anyone is willing to use their building skills to help out the traders, they should contact Sarah Martin on 07841 922639 or nailsworthchamberoftrade@gmail.com 

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