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Southwick surf shop left flooded after leak reported three weeks' ago
A surf shop owner says he fears for the future of his company after his workshop was flooded – three weeks after the leak was reported to a water company.
Shaun Edwards’ workshop in Lady Bee Marina, Southwick, has been covered in inches of water since the weekend.
His shop is among four businesses to have been affected by the problem.
Southern Water was told about the issue by an engineering firm that uses a neighbouring unit at the site last month. Mr Edwards also reported a problem on Monday, July 1.
Mr Edwards, who only opened the workshop in November after years in the building trade, claims Southern Water engineers then came out the next day but did not have the right tools to fix the problem.
Last weekend, the leak got worse and covered the floor of Mr Edwards’ Kill or Cure Surfboard Repairs.
Three other businesses including wood restorers, metal workers and precise engineering firms have been affected by the leak.
Mr Edwards said it would take months for his concrete floor to dry out and it could cost him £1,000 to relay.
He added: “It’s hard to say how much this has set me back but I have people waiting for boards.
“It’s a shame because it’s a start-up business and I worked so hard to get it up and I spent about £2,000 to waterproof the unit and bring it up to a workable standard.
“The thing is none of the businesses affected even have a water supply.
“What makes it worse is that when you call them up they have messages saying don’t waste water, turn off your taps, but they didn’t respond quickly to this leak, the apathy was absolutely amazing.
“If we don’t get anything from Southern Water in terms of compensation, that’s it, I will have to think of something else to do.”
A Southern Water spokesman said the firm was sorry for the delay in finding and fixing this leak.
He added: “This was because the leak was on a valve which had been covered over with tarmac.
“That meant we could not initially locate it and, once we did, we then had to get permission from highways to dig up the road to access it.
“We understand that delays like these are extremely frustrating for customers and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
The spokesman added the leak would be fixed today.
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