Shops forced to close after overnight downpour

Flooding has closed the bus station entrance to Eastgate today

Flooding has closed the bus station entrance to Eastgate today

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SHOPS were forced to close after an overnight downpour caused flooding in Basildon.

The bus station entrance to the Eastgate Shoppping Centre, off Southernhay, was closed Saturday after flooding left GNC, Supercuts and Mr Simms’ Olde Sweet Shoppe unable to trade.

Water was reported to be dripping from the ceiling on the ground floor of the centre followingthe downpour and further rain is predicted today as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha reach Britain.

One shop worker from a nearby, though unaffected store, said on Saturday afternoon: “It’s still dripping now and it’s due to rain tonight and tomorrow.

“The water’s coming from the ceiling – we’re on the lower floor and it’s coming from upstairs.”

The entrance also backs onto a taxi rank and has affected trade there – with one cabbie reporting his takings had been cut in half.

“It’s absolutely annihilated us for trade,” said Ralph Morgan, 71.

“I’ve only done about 54 miles all day long when I would normally be looking at 100 at least.

“All the trade that walks through Eastgate can’t walk out that way anymore and, if they’ve forecast rain tomorrow, what’s it going to be like on Monday?”

Eastgate duty manager Mike Horton assured customers the area was open as usual today.

He said: "Heavy overnight rain built up in one small area of the centre near the bus station and seeped through onto the Lower Mall early on Saturday morning causing some damage to the ceiling. 

"We therefore took the precaution of temporarily closing off the bus station doors until a proper assessment of the damage could be made and emergency repairs undertaken. 

“However, Eastgate was still open for shopping via all other entrances and we opened the bus station doors as normal on Sunday morning. 

“We obviously regret any inconvenience to our customers on Saturday, and thank them for their forbearance and understanding.”   

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5:33pm Sat 9 Aug 14

John Right says...

"One shop worker from a nearby, though unaffected store, said: “It’s still dripping now and it’s due to rain tonight and tomorrow"
“The water’s coming from the ceiling – we’re on the lower floor and it’s coming from upstairs.”
You can't beat a Bas shop worker, pure genius...
"One shop worker from a nearby, though unaffected store, said: “It’s still dripping now and it’s due to rain tonight and tomorrow" “The water’s coming from the ceiling – we’re on the lower floor and it’s coming from upstairs.” You can't beat a Bas shop worker, pure genius... John Right
  • Score: 16

5:35pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Does Ralph Morgan spend all day looking for ways to get his name in the paper?

Was he affected by the recent road closure due to a pothole in Billericay too?
Does Ralph Morgan spend all day looking for ways to get his name in the paper? Was he affected by the recent road closure due to a pothole in Billericay too? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 9

5:46pm Sat 9 Aug 14

danstheman says...

It is a miracle! The picture shows that the Commercial Union office Building at Eastgate has risen from being demolished
Truly remarkable!
It is a miracle! The picture shows that the Commercial Union office Building at Eastgate has risen from being demolished Truly remarkable! danstheman
  • Score: 23

5:52pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

danstheman wrote:
It is a miracle! The picture shows that the Commercial Union office Building at Eastgate has risen from being demolished
Truly remarkable!
I can remember when that was all fields.....
[quote][p][bold]danstheman[/bold] wrote: It is a miracle! The picture shows that the Commercial Union office Building at Eastgate has risen from being demolished Truly remarkable![/p][/quote]I can remember when that was all fields..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

8:20am Sun 10 Aug 14

Steve H says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Does Ralph Morgan spend all day looking for ways to get his name in the paper?

Was he affected by the recent road closure due to a pothole in Billericay too?
Of course he was, but as it made a route 10 miles longer he kept his mouth shut ;)
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Does Ralph Morgan spend all day looking for ways to get his name in the paper? Was he affected by the recent road closure due to a pothole in Billericay too?[/p][/quote]Of course he was, but as it made a route 10 miles longer he kept his mouth shut ;) Steve H
  • Score: 4

11:52am Sun 10 Aug 14

alert says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Does Ralph Morgan spend all day looking for ways to get his name in the paper?

Was he affected by the recent road closure due to a pothole in Billericay too?
I was thinking the same thing don't matter what is , he's always after a photo & comments !!!!! & just as many customers come roundfrom the market end !!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Does Ralph Morgan spend all day looking for ways to get his name in the paper? Was he affected by the recent road closure due to a pothole in Billericay too?[/p][/quote]I was thinking the same thing don't matter what is , he's always after a photo & comments !!!!! & just as many customers come roundfrom the market end !!!!!! alert
  • Score: 2

12:57pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Steve H says...

Also, poor taxi drivers loses a few fares, what about poor shopkeeper losing a days sales and god knows how much damage to stock and store.
Also, poor taxi drivers loses a few fares, what about poor shopkeeper losing a days sales and god knows how much damage to stock and store. Steve H
  • Score: 6

10:48pm Sun 10 Aug 14

beejiu says...

The beauty of being a taxi driver is the ability to move where your customers are.
The beauty of being a taxi driver is the ability to move where your customers are. beejiu
  • Score: 5

2:50pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

beejiu wrote:
The beauty of being a taxi driver is the ability to move where your customers are.
Took the words right out my mouth.... typical lazy taxi driver. Well said
[quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: The beauty of being a taxi driver is the ability to move where your customers are.[/p][/quote]Took the words right out my mouth.... typical lazy taxi driver. Well said Controversial1
  • Score: 1

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