How lizards came to the rescue during floods at Sprowston shops
17:33 28 May 2014
A row of shops hit by the flash floods in Sprowston were spared more serious damage thanks to borrowed supplies from a neighbouring reptile shop.
Reptile Crazy in Cannerby Lane handed out makeshift sandbags – usually used as litter for their range of exotic lizards – to stop the water flooding nearby shops.
Owner Gary Groom, who has run the shop for nine years, took these pictures of the flood on Tuesday afternoon.
The 41-year-old said: “Because we had the sandbags only a small amount of water trickled into the shop.
“If we hadn’t got those up quickly it would have been much worse. We’ve got thousands of pounds of stock in the shop, so it could have been very serious.”
Mr Groom and his staff handed out supplies to other shops, including Ian Moncur’s newsagents next door, where they restricted the flooding, but charity shop Dawn’s New Horizon will be closed until next week as flood damage is repaired.
Mr Moncur said water had begun pouring into the shop from the front and back doors, but that the water had subsided as quickly as it had risen.
“We were closed for about an hour, so it certainly broke the day up,” he added. “I’ve not seen flooding like that round here before – the drains were all backed up and the water rose so fast.”