Storm Dennis: ‘My business was flooded twice in two days’ –

“We sat in a hairdressers across the road, which is slightly higher up, and we watched our business go under.”

Chris Harrison runs the Dale End Cafe in Coalbrookdale, a village in the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. Last weekend was particularly hard, as he should have been celebrating the second anniversary of his business.

But local firms have been left counting costs amid rising river levels caused by Storm Dennis.

Chris told the BBC’s Wake Up to Money programme that it was like watching a “sinking ship”, but that the local community rallied around him. 

Volunteers arrived at 6am on Sunday to help sweep out the mud, with one 70-year-old customer offering his van to help.

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