Agonising wait to assess damage floods have caused to riding stables
WHILE some were able to begin mopping up and counting the cost of the floods that swept through Derbyshire, Dawn Webster can only wait to see what is left of her business.
The Cavendish Bridge Equestrian Centre in Shardlow, which Dawn runs with her daughter Sophie, 18, was still under several feet of water yesterday after the nearby River Trent burst its banks.
Dawn said this was the worst flooding they had suffered. She said: "We started moving our horses away from the river at the weekend as it was already getting quite wet on the fields.
"But on Monday when we got the call saying that we were flooding, we realised that wouldn't be enough.
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"From 7.30am until 9.45pm me, my daughter and all the stable girls worked to move the horses out."
Dawn's house was also deluged by the water but is at least covered by insurance, unlike the outbuildings.
She said: "They are all wooden and are not covered because of this. We have lost a month's worth of feed and all the winter haylage that was recently delivered.
"I had railway sleepers outside and they are gone so we'll just have to see what is left and try to get the horses back as soon as we can."