Pub panic as 3ft of water floods cellar
A LANDLORD is counting the cost of the torrential rainfall after the cellar of his pub ended up under 3ft of water.
Colin Gould is facing a hefty bill after the flooding cut off the electrics of his Crown pub in St Michael’s near Tenterden.
But despite the flooding, a clean-up operation means the pub will still be a central point when Tenterden mayor Alan Sugden turns on the St Michael’s Christmas lights tonight (Thursday).
Firefighters pumped the water away after the pub flooding, one of many problems to hit the area after torrential downpours over the weekend and again on Monday.
Navigating the A28 from Ashford to Tenterden became a treacherous ordeal for motorists as fierce rain led to potentially dangerous floods.
For Mr Gould, Monday morning proved to be a rude awakening.
He said: “I woke and the cellar was 3ft deep in horrible water. The rush of water was so much that the sump pump couldn’t cope with it. It knocked off the electrics because there is a cooling unit down there and the water got in. The water rose by an inch in 10 minutes so I phoned for help.”
Mr Gould could have been faced with a bill from Kent Fire and Rescue Service – £30 for an inspector to come out and £129 an hour to pump the water away.
But he said: “Because there were electrics involved – although they had tripped off – I wasn’t charged.”
However, Mr Gould is faced with a bill after he had to later call in Rentokil to sanitise the area before replacing his cooling unit.
The driving rain caused fountains of water to be thrown up as drivers tried to negotiate tricky areas through Bethersden, High Halden and St Michael’s in particular.
Fields across the borough were under water, and the area outside Greenways garden centre at Bethersden was particularly bad.
The junction of the A28 and Shoreham Lane at St Michael’s was badly affected, swamping the grass verge and surrounding a park bench while cars ploughed past.
A fire and rescue officer was called out to visit the nearby care home in Little Hill, while another attended Bayley Field on the Ashford Road in Bethersden after flooding was said to have affected five homes.
On Tenterden Road in Appledore Heath, a woman was rescued by Tenterden fire crew after becoming trapped in her car due to the flooding.
Water swamped the grounds of two semi-detached homes at Bethersden Road, Bethersden, and crept under the floorboards. Firefighters were called out at noon and pumped out the water.
Ashford fire station crew manager Tim Hanley said: “The water had run off nearby fields and had got into the properties through airbricks.
“It ended up lapping half an inch under the floorboards but did not go over.”
More rain is forecast this weekend, with unsettled weather expected next week.