A weekly newspaper produced 15 pages of coverage of flooding on its patch – despite its own office being destroyed in the deluge.
The Boston Standard’s base on Church Lane was hit when the River Haven burst its banks last Thursday night and everything in its newsroom was damaged as the water rose to a level above the desks in the office.
Journalists at the Johnston Press title are now working from the first-floor offices normally occupied by advertising staff, who have moved out to work at other buildings owned by the publisher.
The title also produced 15 pages of coverage of the flooding in this week’s paper, which were the worst in living memory, including a wraparound front page, pictured below.
Editor Stephen Stray said journalists had taken precautions before leaving the office last Thursday by raising electrical items onto desks, as river levels were high, but the water had risen above this.
He told HTFP: “As we left, we could see that it was very high but we weren’t quite ready for the devastation that hit us on Friday morning.”
Journalists from the paper reported on the floodings on Thursday night, including Stephen spending time in an evacuation centre because around 250 people had to leave their homes.
Stephen said the paper had been helped out by other businesses in the street who had also been flooded and journalists had worked in the offices of a local estate agent on Friday.
He said: “We still continued to provide a service via the website. It has been a remarkable effort from the team and we did the best we could.
“On Monday, we returned to the office and worked from the upper level because we wanted to stay in the town.”
Items damaged in the newsroom include the desks, all electrical equipment and the archive files – although these are drying out with the hope they will be usable.
The ground floor of the paper’s offices is still drying out and it is not yet known when journalists will be back in there.