Despite being flooded itself, one Jewson branch remained open for trade in order to help others minimise the flood damage.
More than 80 tonnes of sandbags have been sold to Doncaster Council, from the Bentley Road branch, in order to try to safeguard the town against a potential breach of the River Don’s banks.
In truly dramatic style, the sandbags were accompanied by a police escort through the town, before being loaded into a Chinook helicopter to transport them to where they were needed.
Wayne Ashmore, Area Manager for Jewson, said: “The floods have caused an enormous amount of damage to properties throughout the area and demand for sand has rocketed. It’s down to our stock capacity that we have been able to provide help to so many residents. I just hope that the sandbags provide a solution until the water levels fall.”
Marketing Director Lindsey Walker added, “The devastation caused by the floods will be felt for some time after the water has subsided; however Jewson is pleased to have supplied a short term solution and we hope that the region will be able to get back to normal as soon as possible.”