Flood hit business may have to relocate over insurance fears – Video

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A WHITLEY Bay bathroom shop owner admits he may have to relocate over insurance fears, after his premises were flooded twice in five weeks.

Bathrooms Whitley Bay on Burnside Road in Cullercoats, was flooded when the storms hit the region on June 28, and as the downpours returned on Sunday the shop was once again left under more than two feet of water.

Glen Jobling with some of his mechanical team outside his business on Burnside Road in Cullercoats which has been flooded for a second time in 5 weeks. Also pictures of the flooding as it happened on Sunday.

Glen Jobling with some of his mechanical team outside his business on Burnside Road in Cullercoats which has been flooded for a second time in 5 weeks. Also pictures of the flooding as it happened on Sunday.

Now the owner is worried a further insurance claim that could leave his business uninsurable in the future.

Bathrooms Whitley Bay owner George Campbell said: “Five weeks ago when the floods hit we had to strip it out and let it dry out, but now we’re back to square one, covered in sewage.

“You could see stools floating in it, and there were people actually swimming in it.

“We are losing business because of this. It was devastating to happen again.

“It is exceptionally hard to take. It is almost the end of the business at this location. There is a strong possibility that we won’t be able to be insured at this location again, and I’m not sure how we can get back from that.

“I think the rates should be cut or stopped for local businesses, because we can’t operate from here, the clean up could be smoother.”

To see a video of the damage to Bathrooms Whitley Bay, click on the video player above...