We grabbed mops and made tea

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Ge­or­gia Woolf

Among the flood victims were Jac­qui and Rus­sell Geen, own­ers of The Lit­tle Teapot in Park Mall, Ash­ford.

Rain­wa­ter be­gan to pour in from the back of their cafe at around 4.50pm on Tues­day.

Mr Geen said: “The wa­ter poured in within min­utes. I was shocked, the wa­ter gushed in like a mini tsunami.”

The pair and their staff soaked up the wa­ter with chil­dren’s play sand and “ten tonnes” of blue roll. De­spite the drama, ev­ery­one re­mained in high spir­its.

Mr Geen added: “We did what Brits do best in this sit­u­a­tion, grab a mop and make some teas.

“I was wor­ried about com­ing in the fol­low­ing morn­ing. Wa­ter was still com­ing through and we were clean­ing it up as went along.”

The ex­tent of the dam­age re­mains un­known, how­ever the cou­ple sus­pect skirting boards and walls may need re­pair.

Mr Geen added: “Pub­lic safety is our first pri­or­ity, we wouldn’t have opened if we thought there were any risks.

Cooked break­fasts were off the menu yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) as the cafe was only serv­ing teas, cof­fees, pas­tries and cakes.

The Geens hope to be back to nor­mal to­day (Thurs­day).

Mop­ping up at The Lit­tle Teapot cafe in Park Mall

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