A BURST pipe has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage after water cascaded through three Doncaster town centre shops.
A waterfall of murky-looking water was spotted pouring out from the doors and windows of the Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust charity shop in East Laith Gate.
The water from a pipe on the top floor also caused chaos in HR Go Recruitment Ltd on the second floor and neighbouring firm Printing.Com.
Charity shop volunteer Jeanette Fish said: “The water has ruined all the tombola and raffle prizes for our 40th anniversary spring fair to be held at the Danum Hotel on March 24.
“We are calling on the good people of Doncaster to come to our aid and donate prizes at the shop. If people can help us, then we really hope that the fair can still go ahead.”
Mrs Fish - who has received the MBE for her tireless fundraising - was one of a team of volunteers who grabbed buckets and mops to clean-up the damage from the pipe.
Passing police officers spotted the leak and contacted Yorkshire Water which informed business owners about the apparent damage to their premises.
Nicky Creamer, managing director, of HR GO Recruitment Ltd was shocked to see damage to office flooring and equipment when she came in on Monday but it was already business as usual.
She said: “We don’t know exactly how much but it’s going to cost thousands to repair. We spent several days cleaning up but now’re operating just as normal.”
Printing.com manager Ian Kendall estimated the damage to his office was about £50,000 with the water destroying two computers and a scanner, as well as soaking through the floor and into the basement.
He said: “I got a call on Sunday afternoon and it seemed that the pipe burst on Friday and water had been coming through all weekend. It’s going to cost thousands as well as the loss of business while we clean up.
“It’s a difficult climate as it is and we definitely don’t need this too.”