Ice cream shop sees £3,000 of stock destroyed as 18 inches of water strikes

Ruined- Mick Grice with stock rendered useless by floodwater

Ruined- Mick Grice with stock rendered useless by floodwater

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BUSINESSES hit by flash floods have vowed to battle on.

Ice cream man Mick Grice returned home from work at the Welcome Hut, on Canvey seafront, to find his house flooded by 18 inches of water.

Mr Grice, of San Remo Road, Canvey, said: “My whole ground floor was mullered.

“The water in my garage was 18 inches deep and it happened in two or three hours.

“I’ve lived here 40 years and I’ve never seen it like this. Last August it was bad, but this was worse. I’ve lost a lot of the stock I had in my garage.”

Water quickly seeped into Mr Grice’s garage, destroying ice cream, cones and boxes of meat.

He said: “I keep three big freezers in the back and they’re all soaked. I’ve lost thousands of pounds – maybe £3,000 of stock.

I’ve had to put stuff in neighbours’ freezers and I can’t do anything about it.

“I would have put a week’s wages on it never happening again, but it has and it was worse. What can we do?

“I’ve managed to open the kiosk, but my garage is ruined.

“I tried to pile stuff up, but it still got wet. I’ve got freezers full of stock that I’m just going to have to throw away. The road was blocked off because cars were coming down and making bowwaves – it was unbelievable.

As they were going through, the water was getting higher in my house.”

Flood levels rose before residents could put out sandbags and prepare.

Mr Grice, 70, said: “It was absolutely horrendous.

“I’ve worked on the seafront for 26 years and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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8:41am Wed 23 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

At 70 suffering all that grief and no doubt your insurance will argue like mad to avoid paying out what they will call a business claim in a domestic home perhaps it's time you should consider sitting on the beach enjoying the ice cream sold by someone else.

Enjoy what's left of your life, you only get one chance with no rehearsals.
At 70 suffering all that grief and no doubt your insurance will argue like mad to avoid paying out what they will call a business claim in a domestic home perhaps it's time you should consider sitting on the beach enjoying the ice cream sold by someone else. Enjoy what's left of your life, you only get one chance with no rehearsals. alarminstaller
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5:34pm Wed 23 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Storing your business stock at home ? idiotic, hope you're paying business rates on both insurance and council tax, if not, you will be getting a bill, as I have written to the council..
Storing your business stock at home ? idiotic, hope you're paying business rates on both insurance and council tax, if not, you will be getting a bill, as I have written to the council.. sesibollox
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