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CRAIG Kenmare was devastated when he was forced to close his Egremont chip shop after it was swamped by flood water.

We got battered – but we’re back: After two weeks of hard graft after the floods, Craig Kenmare’s business is open again

But after two weeks of hard graft, things are looking up for the 27-year-old as the damaged building on Orgill estate will reopen it’s doors on Friday.

Mr Kenmare’s business, called Craig’s Fish ‘n’ Chip Shop, was destroyed during the flash floods which hit Copeland on August 30.

Egremont was the worst affected town in the borough as the raging waters swept through homes and businesses – making many of them homeless.

Many residents are still living in temporary accommodation as the repair work continues.

Mr Kenmare’s mum, Belinda, who works with him at the shop, said that luckily it was only their business that was destroyed and not their home, as the family live at Cleator. That was not affected.

Mr Kenmare said: “The morning after the floods hit I came down to the shop with my dad and when I opened the door I looked at the shop and it was just a mess.

“There wasn’t any water as it had all drained away, but it had came up about two-and-a-half feet.

“You could tell how high it had been by the lines on the walls and fridge.”

Around £2,500 worth of damage was caused and hundreds of pounds worth of stock destroyed.

“We have just been working hard for the past two weeks to get it back open again.

“The business only opened in December and we have put a lot of hard work into it and business was looking up. When I saw what had happened I was in shock and just didn’t know what to make of it.”

Mr Kenmare’s mum Barbara said that new equipment which they will install next month when they launch into making pizzas, had luckily been delivered to their Cleator home days before the floods hit.

“We got the brunt of the flood water at the shop, because it’s down an alley,” she said.

“We’ve been working until 10pm every night to get things sorted.

“All of the local people have been asking if they can do anything to help –- they’ve been great.

The shop has been scrubbed from top to bottom, painted, new flooring put in and new equipment purchased.

It will reopen at 11am on Friday morning – in time for the town’s annual Crab Fair event.

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