A POST office has had to close after water from a burst pipe caused severe structural damage.
Staff at Holywell Post Office arrived for work yesterday morning to find the burst pipe had caused water to pour through the ceiling above the customer area.
The post office remained closed yesterday and Angela Williams, a counter clerk at the post office, said the flood had caused structural damage.
She said: “It looks like the ceiling is going to have to come down. The water has come through from one of the rooms above and there is still a lot of water left in the ceiling and some of the lights have come down.
“The water has landed on the computers and it’s looking like they might be damaged.”
A Post Office spokesman said: “Our Holywell Post Office in High Street is currently closed due to a water leak which has caused substantial internal damage to the branch.
“We are currently assessing the damage and will be working hard on undertaking the necessary repairs so we can reopen the branch as soon as possible.
“We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.
“During the period of temporary closure customers can use any post office, branch, with Greenfield Post Office, 7 New Shop Parade, Greenfield, Holywell CH8 7QS, and Riverbank Post Office, Boot Garage, Bagillt CH6 6JB, being the closest.
“The nearest branch offering a car tax renewal service is Pentre Halkyn Post Office, CH8 8HP, which is open 6.30am to 7.30pm Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 7.30pm on Saturday and 9am to 1pm on Sunday ”
Ms Williams said the incident was disappointing at a time when Crown Post Office workers were fighting threats of job losses and office closures in a drive to franchise offices and cut spending.
It was revealed recently the Holywell branch is expected to be franchised in April.
Staff at the branch held a strike on Tuesday along with post office staff across the UK to fight changes to the Crown network of 370 branches.
Speaking before the most recent strike, Dave Ward, the Communication Workers Union deputy general secretary, said: “Crown Post Office workers do not agree with the management’s slash and burn approach and are prepared to take prolonged industrial action to defend jobs and services and win a fair pay rise.”
The Post Office, which has said there will be no compulsory redundancies, say the Crown network of 370 branches across the UK is costing £37m a year, which comes from the public purse.