Collier Row scout hall 'ruined' after floods
PUBLISHED: 15:31 27 June 2016 | UPDATED: 17:11 27 June 2016
Nearly 100 beavers, cubs and scouts have been left without a home after a scout hall was completely flooded, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The Worthington Hall in Collier Row Road, Collier Row, was left in a pool of water on Friday after the River Rom burst its banks.
The damage at the hall has been estimated in excess of £100,000 and the premises will not be in use for the next six months.
The wooden floor, the walls and all the electrics have been affected and most of the camping equipment is ruined.
Insurers are assessing the extent of the repairs but there is a possibility the building will have to be pulled down.
The hall is also used by the Buddies pre-school nursery and many toys and blankets had to be thrown out after being contaminated by the water.
The nursery also had to close following the flooding.
Parents and volunteers at the second Collier Row scout group are now appealing for help to hire another hall until they are able to go back into their premises.
Scout district commissioner for Romford Andy Mann said other scout groups across the borough were willing to share their venue with the Collier Row group over the summer but a temporary venue will have to be found from September.
“These repairs always take ages and the problem is the disruption to the kids that it is going to cause,” he said.
Dozens of parents and volunteers have helped to clean up the hall over the weekend.
Stacey Boulton’s son Daniel, 8, is one of the cubs, who can no longer attend his weekly scout meeting.
“He absolutely loves the cubs. This is the highlight of his week - like it is for many other kids.
“Everything is ruined. It’s such a shame.
“For some of these children, this is the only extra curriculum activity they have and it’s a real team-building group,” she said.
The scout association is raising £5,000 to help pay for the clean-up materials, the replacement of their camping equipment and pay towards the hiring of another venue until repairs to the hall are carried out.
To help the scout association find another home, please visit here.