A mini skirt and knee high boots – what other attire would you wear when wading through flood water!
But that’s just what hairdressing salon owner Kellie Hughes was dressed in as she literally jumped into the river which was flowing along King Street in Whalley on Saturday to fight to save her business from the flood water.
Mother-of-one Kellie (42) who described the afternoon’s events as “surreal”, waded through the water to direct traffic away from the main street.
“Because traffic was still coming up King Street it was creating a wave of water which was then flooding into businesses,” Kellie explained.
While she concentrated on diverting traffic, her staff used everything they could get their hands on to mop up the flood water from the salon floor including almost 200 towels, throws, pillow cases – in fact anything that they could get their hands on.
“We just tried to carry on as best as we could as we didn’t want to let any of our clients down, especially before Christmas,” added Kellie.
At one point I could hardly stand up in the water as it was so deep and moving so fastKellie Hughes
Whalley businessman Gary Wilkinson brought sandbags down to the salon which they then used to barricade the front door and to try to stop water flooding out of the grates in front of the salon.
“I have never seen anything like that before,” Kellie reflected. “At one point I could hardly stand up in the water as it was so deep and moving so fast.”
Since the flood Kellie has managed to dry out the lino flooring in the salon by keeping the heating on and using dehumidifiers. And, showing her Dunkirk spirit, she even managed an evening out in Manchester on Saturday night!