Estate agent Ian reflects on flood collection irony

Some of the intrepid collectors suitably dressed for the occasion ' Graham and Olwyn Claydon, Ian Lloyd, Simon O'Rourke, Mrs Anne Lloyd and Ian Joyce. Photo by David Bleazard. (s)
Some of the intrepid collectors suitably dressed for the occasion ' Graham and Olwyn Claydon, Ian Lloyd, Simon O'Rourke, Mrs Anne Lloyd and Ian Joyce. Photo by David Bleazard. (s)

A Ribble Valley estate agent was just one of those caught up in Saturday’s floods.

One minute Ian Lloyd, who runs Mortimers estate agents in Clitheroe and Whalley, was collecting for the flood victims in Cumbria and Lancaster and the next he was saving his own business from flooding.

I could not believe how ironic it was that one minute I’m collecting for flood victims and the next I was dealing with the flooding

Ian Lloyd

Former president of Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce Ian explained: “I had just finished collecting for Clitheroe Lions in Clitheroe and was absolutely wet through when I got a phone call from my Whalley office saying they were just about to be flooded!

“My staff were saying that the water was just about to come through the door.

“When I got there it was about an inch away from coming in, but we got sandbags and managed to stop it. I stayed in Whalley to help everyone else out as some businesses were not so lucky.

“It was a total disaster in Whalley – it was horrendous as the water just came up so fast. I could not believe how ironic it was that one minute I’m collecting for flood victims and the next I was dealing with the flooding.”

Clitheroe Lions, plus Clitheroe and Ribblesdale Rotarians all braved Saturday’s downpours to collect money for the flood victims in Cumbria and Lancaster.

Ribblesdale President Sue Hind said: “We thank those people who contributed as after all we had warm dry homes to return to. Our hearts go out to those who do not.”

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