Despite being flooded, restaurant owner Matthanee provided food for hardest hit

Matthanee Nilavongse of Hunuman Thai, Water Street, Todmorden
Matthanee Nilavongse of Hunuman Thai, Water Street, Todmorden

A TODMORDEN businesswoman who was herself affected by flooding has

Matthanee Nilavongse is the owner of Hunuman Thai restaurant in Water Street, Todmorden, and despite her own premises being hit by the floods, she was one of the first to offer food to the hardest-hit residents.

“The water started coming into our restaurant at about 8pm and staff had to move upstairs. Then we realised that we wouldn’t be able to get back home, so we all slept on the floor,” she said.

“I put a message on Facebook on the Saturday and about 10 people turned up for food - I think people may have been a bit shy. But on the Sunday, 54 people came and we were able to give them food.

“When we put something on Facebook to say that our cellars were flooded, we got 15 people, who just turned up to help us deal with it.”

Matthannee is now talking to council environmental health officers, who are advising her on what she now needs to do to get the business up and running quickly. “Everything’s going to be alright,” she said.