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Community spirit helps ride the storm

Residents in a flood hit area of Warrington have been kept supplied with essential groceries thanks to an independent retailer whose store remained the only one open amid extreme weather conditions.

Nisa Local Dallam became an island this week when flood waters largely cut the shop off from the surrounding area and much of the locality was submerged under water.

The local area became like an island and nobody could get in or out safely

Yesterday the store was surrounded by chest deep water on three sides and a railway line to the rear with the only safe access to the shop via a 500 metres detour through woodland.

Owner Mike Sohal trudged through water-logged fields and woods to open the store ensuring those stranded in Dallam were able to access food and drink.

Community spirit helps ride the storm Nisa Local front of store fascia

“Luckily, the shop is on slightly higher ground and so it stayed dry, but the local area became like an island and nobody could get in or out safely” said Mike.

“There were about 1,000 residents housed around the store who were stranded with us being the only store open. The homes of most of our staff were also flooded and so they were either evacuated or just unable to get into work which meant there was just me and two other staff on.”

But the community stepped up and Mike and his team received countless offers of support from those able to help.

“Everyone in the local community were really good. We had so many people offering their support to drop off essentials for the elderly and fortunately we have been able to receive our deliveries today and so have the stock in store and have been able to get it to those people who need it.”