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Flash floods see firefighters pump ‘760 litres a minute’ out of Long Bennington pub




The landlord of a Long Bennington pub has described last night’s flash floods as ‘like a tropical rainstorm’ after six inches of water swept into his business in four minutes.

Anthony Jacobs, landlord at The Royal Oak on the Main Road, Long Bennington was shocked at the deluge which suddenly struck his business yesterday.

The flash floods have devastated the pub's cellar. Photo provided by The Royal Oak, Long Bennington.
The flash floods have devastated the pub's cellar. Photo provided by The Royal Oak, Long Bennington.

“It started raining at about 3.30pm in the afternoon, but then it got really heavy - it was like a tropical rainstorm. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Mr Jacobs, 58.

“It then started backing up in the car park and was coming down in a torrent. It got up to the front door and started coming in through the walls and through the front of the pub.

“Soon it was flooded in the cellar, up to my knees, and in the rest of the pub water about six inches deep came in only about four minutes. We had barrels floating everywhere, the freezers were washed away, and pans were floating around in the kitchen.”

Mr Jacobs has been landlord at the pub for the past four and a half years. He said during that time they had only experienced one flood before, and this time it was far worse. As soon as the water started pouring in they turned off the power, and also had to evacuate customers that had been inside the pub at the time.

The water was knee deep. Photo provided by The Royal Oak, Long Bennington.
The water was knee deep. Photo provided by The Royal Oak, Long Bennington.

“The fire brigade arrived at about 7pm and stayed until 2.30am. They told me they were pumping out about 760 litres a minute, and that’s over seven and a half hours,” added Mr Jacobs.

Since then he and his team of around 12 staff have been busy cleaning up the mess, with hopes they can be open again on Thursday.

Mr Jacobs confirmed that there was general concern among villagers over drainage in Long Bennington.



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