Shop re-open just 10 weeks after flooding

GuEsts at the reopening of Russell Dean's, Mytholmroyd. Linda Barker, Paul Ridgway, Russell Dean and Nola Moran.

GuEsts at the reopening of Russell Dean's, Mytholmroyd. Linda Barker, Paul Ridgway, Russell Dean and Nola Moran.

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A furniture store has re-opened with a little help from a local celebrity just 10 weeks after it was devastated by June’s flooding.

Russell Dean Furnishers, Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, was four feet under water as floodwaters poured into its showroom damaging half a million pounds worth of stock.

Nola Moran at Russell Dean, Mytholmroyd, after the flooding of summer 2012.

Nola Moran at Russell Dean, Mytholmroyd, after the flooding of summer 2012.

General manager Paul Ridgway, said: “It was hard to believe, when we walked in after the floods, it would get back to being this good.”

“We certainly didn’t think it would be this year,” added sales manager Nola Moran.

However, teams were drafted in working 72-hour weeks to make sure the firm was back up and running as soon as possible.

Director Mike Long said: “We were always going to reopen - it’s such a great business with great staff.

“The floods happened on the Friday night but by Monday we were already ordering new stock from local suppliers so we would be ready to open.”

Celebrity interior designer Linda Barker was on hand at the grand re-opening to offer advice to hundreds of customers who flocked through the doors.

“It looks amazing,” said the 50-year-old who grew up in Shelf.

“There’s a great selection here - there’s something for everybody here.

“I’ve met some really lovely people today. Decorating is so subjective but I’ve done my best to help them out.”

Russell Dean, who founded the firm in 1957 was on hand for the celebration.

“Ten weeks ago you wouldn’t have known the place - it was a quagmire,” he said.

“It’s magic to see it open again.”