A superstore near Boston that had to be evacuated when rainwater started to pour through the roof has reopened to shoppers today.
Tesco Superstore in New Hammond Beck Road, Wyberton Fen, was closed yesterday afternoon when a build-up of rainwater on the building’s roof caused a waterpipe to overflow and a leakage onto the store roof below.
Emergency services joined staff at the store to carry out a clean-up operation, while customers were turned away at the car park.
Yesterday, a Tesco spokesman said: “Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers so we are working hard to ensure our Boston store is safe and cleaned to our usual high standards before it is reopened.”
SATURDAY 9.15PM: Video footage from inside “flooded” Boston Tesco store
Video footage has been shared with The Standard showing the moment water gushed into the Tesco store in Boston.
There is quite a lot of water down the aisles, customers are being turned away and they aren’t letting anyone into the car park
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UPDATE SATURDAY 8PM: Store puts customer safety first before reopening after flooding in Wyberton Fen
Shoppers will only be able to use a superstore in Wyberton Fen when it is “safe and cleaned to our usual high standards”, after flooding today.
Tesco Superstore in New Hammond Beck Road was evacuated after torrential rain caused a water pipe to overflow and come through the roof, onto the shop floor itself.
Emergency service, including firefighters, came to the store where there was “quite a lot of water down the aisles”, according to an eye-witness.
A Tesco spokesman said, “Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, so we are working hard to ensure our Boston store is safe and cleaned to our usual high standards before it is reopened.”
BREAKING NEWS: SATURDAY 4.55PM: Shoppers evacuated from flooded Tesco store in Wyberton Fen - but roof still intact
A superstore in Wyberton Fen has been evacuated after it flooded due to torrential rain in the area today.
Emergency services are currently at Tesco Superstore in New Hammond Beck Road which is currently closed while a clean-up operation takes place.
An eye-witness, who asked not to be named said: “There is quite a lot of water down the aisles and the store is flooded.
“Also, there are lots of mops and brushes but they have been abandoned.
“Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue crews are in the store, walking around, but customers are being turned away and they aren’t letting anyone into the car park.”
However, earlier reports from other media outlets that the store’s roof had collapsed were quashed by the eye-witness who added: “There’s no visible damage to the roof.”
This was confirmed by a Tesco spokesman who said that a build-up of rainwater had “come through” the roof and onto the floor of the store itself
The spokesman added: “There has been rainwater along the roof of the store and due to its volume, the pipe has overflown.
“The rainwater has come through the roof and onto the shop floor, so the store has been closed whilst that is the case.
“We are working to get the rainwater cleaned up and the store reopened as soon as possible.
“However, the roof has not collapsed and it does not appear that the store has been hit by lightning.”