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Weekly newspaper’s office flooded after storms

A weekly newspaper office was left flooded after storms hit the town at the weekend.

Staff from the Harborough Mail have had to move out of their base in Northampton Road, Market Harborough, after heavy rain on Saturday night left an inch of standing water throughout the ground floor.

They are now working at the offices of sister Johnston Press title the Northants Telegraph and are not expected to return to their base this week.

The title reported that several businesses in the town were also hit by flooding after the storm.

This image shows some of the flooding at the Harborough Mail's office.

In a story about the flooding, deputy editor Alex Blackwell said: “When I arrived at the office, there was a few inches of water at the entrance and then about an inch of standing water throughout the entire ground floor.

“The carpet is sodden with leaves and mud everywhere. It’s an absolute mess.”

The River Welland did not burst its banks and it is thought the flooding was caused by a high volume of rain in a short time, which left the town’s drains unable to cope.

Editor Neil Pickford tweeted on Monday: “Flood damage to @HarbMail offices so bad our office will not open this week.”

He also provided contact numbers for advertising and editorial.

Flooding last week caused journalists from the Rutland and Stamford Mercury, the Rutland Times and The Local to temporarily move out of their base in Stamford.

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  • July 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    So who didn’t think to put the offices flood boards in place then?
    Would not have happened in my day.
    This used to be a regular occurrence until flood protection measures were put in place, but it needs someone to take responsibility and think ahead.

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