Exeter's new John Lewis store evacuated after flood on opening day
Exeter's new John Lewis store has reportedly flooded on its first official opening day.
The lower ground floor was evacuated due to a flood from burst pipe at 1.15pm today.
Reader Kris Frank sent in this picture of the technology department which was cleared first.
Reporter Rich Booth is live at the scene and said the top floor and lower ground floor were both currently out of action to customers.
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The first floor escalator is also currently broken.
At this stage it is not known how much damage the flooding has caused to the new five-floor superstore.
It comes just hours after the store officially opened this morning.
Around 200 people stormed the entrance as the ribbon was cut and the doors swung open at 9am.
Throughout the day, shoppers have poured into the store desperate to get their first glimpse of Exeter's newest and biggest store.
Despite the burst pipe and subsequent flooding, the remainder of the store remains open to the public.
Richard reported through his Twitter account @rich_booth: "Ground floor now open again. Part of technology section still cornered off."
Shopper who were caught up in the drama started posting news of the incident on Twitter:
Max Rawlings @maxirawlings123 tweeted: So the john lewis restraunt is now closed because there is no water, that's because its all coming from the roof downstairs!!!
Im not unique, ok Im not unique, ok @_BenFellows reported: I'm in john lewis and the roof has just decided to explode with water, omg I'm going to die
Another tweet of his read: John lewis restaurant isn't open because they're out of water. Think they may find some on the bottom floor with the flood.
Josh Luxon Josh Luxon @JoshLuxon said: The John Lewis restaurant is shut because there's no water.. that's because its all pouring out of the ceiling downstairs.