Caught on CCTV: Moment business was saved from flooding by Good Samaritans who noticed torrent and called for helpPasserby spotted water pouring through the roof of design firm Taylor James in Shoreditch, east LondonStaff working on 2nd floor of the building completely unaware of flooding
The kind Samaritan alerted the company director over the phone
20:20 GMT, 6 December 2012
A business was saved after a pedestrian passing the building rang the boss to say: 'Hello, it is raining – in your office.'
The kind Samaritan stopped and stared in horror through the window of design firm Taylor James as torrents of water gushed from the ceiling, soaking the ground floor.
The drama was captured on CCTV footage on cameras both inside and outside the premises in Shoreditch, east London.
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Pouring down: CCTV footage shows water pouring through the ceiling on to the ground floor of design firm Taylor James in Shoreditch, east London
Onlookers: Pedestrians walking past the business notice the water
And now the video has been uploaded to Facebook and YouTube – prompting a flood of amused comments.
Company director Glen Taylor was working on the second floor of the building while 10 members of the staff were at their desks on the first, when he received a frantic call alerting him to the problem.
He said: 'It was a young woman who just kept saying, it’s raining, it’s raining. I looked out the window and it wasn’t so it was all very confusing.
'Finally she blurted out that it was raining inside. I thought it was some mad prank so I sent a colleague to investigate.'
The CCTV cameras picture the member of the staff discovering the reception area at the front of the premises ankle-deep in water and dashing off to get help.
Good Samaritan: A woman in a grey coat, pictured right, calls the company director to let him know 'it's raining in your office'
Shocked: Distressed members of staff then come down to the ground floor to discover it is covered in ankle-deep water
Moments later, dozens of his co-workers descend, looking baffled. They dither for a moment while one captures the scene on his mobile phone camera.
Finally the water is switched off and the clean up begins.
The video of the disaster, set to the soundtrack Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head by BJ Thomas, shows staff desperately moving furniture, collecting water in plastic buckets, mopping, sweeping and using a huge fan to try and dry out the floor.
Mr Taylor, who has helped bring to life advertising campaigns for Disney, American Express, Infinity and FedEx, said: 'Our company deals with creating solutions to other people’s problems.
The clear-up begins: Several members of staff get to work on the leak and then start cleaning up
Damage: The flood caused an estimated 10,000 worth of damage but it could have caused much more if it hadn't been spotted so quickly
'As you can see from the video, it took us seven minutes and 32 seconds to solve this particular problem which has got to be a company record.'
The crisis was caused when a hot water pipe burst in the ceiling.
Mr Taylor said: 'To coin a well known phrase, we really were “in hot water”. There was a lot of open mouths and swearing but generally speaking it was a good example of team work.'
The flood has caused an estimated 10,000 worth of damage but Mr Taylor said it could have been worse.
'Thanks to the kind lady who called to tell us it was raining inside, we managed to fix things fast,' he said.
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