Otterton Mill hit again by freak weather floods

PUBLISHED: 14:35 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:12 10 June 2010

OTTERTON Mill has been hit again by floodwater just two weeks after it reopened after flash floods at the end of October forced mill owners Caroline and Simon Spiller to shut shop.

OTTERTON Mill has been hit again by floodwater just two weeks after it reopened after flash floods at the end of October forced mill owners Caroline and Simon Spiller to shut shop.

The couple are again counting the costs after flood water burst from the banks of the River Otter, swamping the mill's car park and forcing Mr and Mrs Spiller to close on what should have been one of the mill's busiest trading days.

Although the mill reopened the following day, the couple have yet again been left out of pocket from loss of earnings as a result of the freak weather.

Torrential rain battered east Devon throughout Friday night, bursting already swollen riverbanks and saturating sodden ground.

Mill owner Caroline Spiller said the mill opened as usual on Saturday morning, but staff were forced to turn away the public by 10.30am when the mill car park was swamped by water.

Mrs Spiller said: "It was pretty difficult because we had only opened two weeks earlier. It should have been a busy day for us because the reindeer run was taking place in Otterton.

"We hope it won't happen again. All we can do is keep going and pick ourselves up again.

"We were open again on Sunday and thankfully the water didn't get into the building this time.

"The damage was to the car park. The new surface was washed away."

At the end of October Otterton Mill was forced to temporarily lay off staff when flash flooding burst the banks of the River Otter and water poured into the tourist attraction's building.

A month-long clean-up campaign came to an end at the start of December and the mill welcomed back its customers.

* Otterton Mill is holding a number of festive free events on the lead up to Christmas.

December 19, until 8pm, a gallery and shopping evening. Entry is free.

December 20, 4pm-6pm, carols, chestnuts and mince pies. Free entry

For more information visit www.ottertonmill.com


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