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Sports shop hit by flood

PUBLISHED: 15:28 16 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH sportswear store was completely flooded after a sprinkler pipe burst – causing damage totalling tens of thousands of pounds.

Staff at JJB Sports Store, on Carr Street, had a nasty shock when they arrived for work today, finding the store completely covered by 6ins of water.

AN IPSWICH sportswear store was completely flooded after a sprinkler pipe burst – causing damage totalling tens of thousands of pounds.

Staff at JJB Sports Store, on Carr Street, had a nasty shock when they arrived for work today, finding the store completely covered by 6ins of water.

Thousands of items of clothing as well as shoes and sports equipment were covered by the flood, which was so deep it managed to creep up the escalator.

Staff immediately called the fire service who arrived to attempt to pump away the water. However, it is thought that the store will remain closed for at least a week so that full repairs can be carried out.

Assistant manager of the store, Jon Beatton, 30, told how he was called into work on his day off once staff realised the crisis.

"I thought that maybe we would be flooded because of the weather," he said.

"We are quite low down (the store's entrance is on the ground and then an escalator descends shoppers) and the storms were awful last night. But it turns out to be a burst sprinkler pipe in the golf storeroom.

"We had 25 members of staff in today, and all but five were sent up to our other store at Ransomes Europark."

Mr Beatton added: "Head office have informed us that they intend to relay all of the floor tiles once the water is pumped away. I would imagine that the damage to property runs into tens of thousands of pounds. We had a delivery of £30,000 of goods that was completely damaged."

One appliance from Princes Street and another from the brigade's headquarters in Colchester Road attended the flood, setting up a pump used by JJB to get rid of the water.

Assistant Divisional Officer David Atkinson said: "We sent in a salvage team and it was a bit touch and go as to what we could rescue.

"Luckily a lot of the equipment was raised up off the floor. The store was covered in six inches of water and the golf room where the sprinkler is was covered in about a foot of water."


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