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York assesses damage after being hit by storm
5:02pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
AFTER being hit by flooding and heavy storms property owners and businesses in York today (Friday) had to assess the extent of the damage.
Coppergate in the city was closed this morning (Friday) after clothes store Urban Outfitters was hit by lightning during the electric storm on Thursday night.
The roof of the shop, which also has an entrance in Ousegate, was damaged in the strike, while the branch of Waterstones a few doors down suffered some water damage.
Some stock in the book shop was damaged by the water in certain sections, and part of the ceiling has fallen above the fiction and travel writing.
Stores in the Coppergate Centre remained open for business with pedestrian access from Castlegate and the Castle car park, but Coppergate was today closed to traffic to allow inspections of the damage to be carried out.
North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service crews were called to a number of small flooding incidents in York including in Acomb and Rufforth, and some people were rescued from a car in Water Lane after it became stuck in floodwater.
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