Scots charity shop destroyed after lashings of heavy rain flood city

A Scots charity shop has been partially destroyed after lashings of heavy rain flooded the capital earlier this week.

The Cancer Research shop just outside of Edinburgh in Dalkeith was hit by damage after extreme weather hit towns across Scotland.

Sadly the store has had to close its doors for the foreseeable future while vital repairs are carried out.

One local, who regularly uses the 'much loved' store shared pictures with Edinburgh Live that showed extensive damage of the ceiling close to the front of the charity shop.

Shocking images show buckets filled with water below the holes in the ceiling that were created during the torrential rain that saw a yellow weather warning issued for areas across the country.

Debs McAllister, who is a regular user of the store, said that this is not the first time that she has seen this issue hit the community.

She said: "I passed by on Friday morning and it is awful. This is a much-loved charity shop and well used.

"This happened the last time we had heavy rain last year. The ceiling was 'fixed' but I’m guessing the roof wasn’t.

"Looking in the window is difficult but at least half of the ceiling is down. There are buckets, as you can see from the window, full of dirty water and there is debris in the window and the shop too."

Cancer Research UK area manager, Lucinda Baddeley-Marr, said: "Our shop in Dalkeith has been affected by the recent heavy rainfall and we have taken the decision to close temporarily while we investigate the extent of the damage."

She added: "We hope to carry out repairs soon and ask our generous supporters to hold onto any donations until we are able to reopen."

Elsewhere, the Edinburgh Bypass was flooded leaving dozens of drivers stuck in their cars for hours on May 23.

The A720 was closed in both directions at Dreghorn on Thursday night with police warning drivers to avoid the area.

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