THOUSANDS of pounds worth of stock has been ruined in Milngavie’s Oxfam charity shop after the store was flooded last week.
The water seeped in overnight on Thursday after a nearby water mains burst and almost the entire shop floor was covered with water about two inches deep.
Christine Scott, the manager, said: “A lot of donated items are wrecked and we are having to throw them into a skip.
“Books, records and CD’s have been worst hit as many of them were stacked up on the floor in the sorting room.
“Our Christmas cards are also damaged and we are concerned that clothes may also become damp.
“We have been forced to close the shop to do a clean up operation so we are losing a lot of trade as well.
“At the moment it’s hard to say when we will be able to re-open as the carpet will also need to be replaced - it’s soaking.
“It’s been a great team effort among staff, everyone has rolled their sleeves up and got on with the clean up, but it’s been heartbreaking.
“We hate to waste so many decent things.
“Many thanks also to everyone who has helped us out today, we couldn’t boil a kettle as our electricity supply had to be switched off but staff in Colpi’s ice cream shop have made us coffee and tea and another kind person donated doughnuts to cheer us up.”
Scottish Water fixed the burst main last Thursday night so that domestic water supplies which had been affected returned to normal.
Oxfam is appealing for people to donate items to help rebuild their stock and they will give a £5 voucher for M&S in exchange for donated clothes from M&S.
Oxfam is on Main Street, Milngavie.
A FLOODY MESS . . . Christine Scott in the shop which was filled with water. (Ref: m11718c)