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Burst pipe damages local charity shop

On the weekend of 2nd and 3rd February Lancaster Search & Rescue Charity shop on the Caton Road, Lancaster had a burst pipe in the ceiling causing damage to the shop and stock inside.

Despite the pipes being insulated, it was so cold that weekend that when the heating came back on it burst a pipe. Ironically Lancaster Area is a flood rescue team and the operational team had spent all the Saturday training in the River Lune. While they train for and have worked in floods many times usually the water is from rivers bursting their banks during massive rainfall, not inside our own building from our own water pipes.

Sue Calland – Charity Shop Manager explains,

“The charity shop volunteers and our Operational team came and spent the next few days and evenings clearing the debris and cleaning any salvageable stock. We specifically owe a very big thank you to our friends Steve and Donna from S Truman Ltd who brought specialist water extraction equipment within 45 minutes and managed to save all our flooring. They extracted nearly 100 litres from our meeting and training room and were there for 10 hours. We are now waiting on the insurance company to give the go-ahead to the contractors to reinstate the ceiling.”

“Our charity shop raises vital funds for our operational rescue team. The team responds to national flooding emergencies along with supporting statutory agencies locally within the Lancaster and Morecambe district. We also run a youth lifesaving club, ‘The Nippers’, who meet at 315 gym every Friday evening, as well as running flood response awareness sessions for local residents.”

“We did lose some stock in the deluge, so would be grateful for any donations, especially furniture, and we can collect larger items if you call 01524 846848.”

LASAR (Lancaster Area Search & Rescue)
Research House, Caton Road, Lancaster, LA1 3PE
Tel: 01524 846848


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