Hoopers department store and several fashion independents in Tunbridge Wells are counting the cost of floods, which hit the town in Kent on Monday night.
Shops in the town’s historic Pantiles were badly hit by flash floods which caused water to enter the ground floor of Hoopers department store and reached thigh-height in the basement of the store on Mount Pleasant Road.
Other stores thought to be effected include Any Occasion, which specialises in dresses for mother of the brides on Nevill Street, and Sue Hill, a childrenswear boutique on the Pantiles.
Kelly Nash, co-owner of Any Occasion, told BBC South East: “At the moment it looks like we have lost £50,000 of stock. We can’t get insurance because of where we are and all of this will have to be covered by us and at the moment I’m not sure how.”
Flash floods also hit areas in Deal, Herne Bay and Eastbourne.