The owners of Thurlow Village Store, Post Office and Garage are counting the cost of the St Jude storm after it resulted in their power being lost.
The store, post office and garage all lost their electricity supply at about 8am on Monday (28) and at the time of the Echo going to print it was still down and unlikely to be restored until Friday (Nov 1).
The store’s joint owner Naomi Sharrod said: “Half an hour of wind has caused mayhem.”
The contents of a fridge and three chest freezers had to be ditched after the power cut, with Mrs Sharrod estimating the cost to be about £1,000.
Further income is being lost as the post office is closed and although a generator is being used to power some lights and a fridge at the store, it is only open until lunchtime each day, when normally it opens from 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
The garage has also suffered as work has had to be sent elsewhere.
Mrs Sharrod added that UK Power Networks has told her a transformer is down near the Karro factory in Great Wratting and that engineers are working to fix the problem.
She added: “They are working on it to sort the problems but there are so many power lines down everywhere it’s not a five minute fix.”