Not again! Pub hit months after revamp

Not again! Pub hit months after revamp

Not again! Pub hit months after revamp

First published in Echo News
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A PUB function room was swamped with muddy river water – just twomonths after a massive refurbishment because of summer floods.

The Horse and Groom, in Southend Road, Rochford, needed £150,000 of repairs and redecoration after the deluge in August.

The pub had to close for three months and only reopened in November.

Now its function room has been ruined again after the River Roach burst its banks and water rose through the floor on Friday morning.

Landlord Danny Murley said: “The function room is once more under water. It will need new flooring – again.

“High tide at 1pm came without things getting too much worse, but the ground is so saturated “Half the car park is under water and with more rain in the coming days, I worry about it getting worse.”

In August, the cellar was swamped with 5ft of water and flood water ruined the entire downstairs. including the bar, and restaurant.

The business missed out on three months of income and groups and clubs which met there had to go elsewhere. With the function room out of action again, this will once more have a knock-on effect to those groups.

Ironically, Mr Murley is due to meet with Environment Agency engineers on Wednesday to discuss what can be done to prevent the river breaching its banks again and causing such widespread damage.

Mr Murley, 63, who lives above the pub with his children, twins Rachael and Alex, 16, said: “Sadly, it is not going to help me this time. But I hope to find out what they can do to stop me being hit time and time again.

Sandbags simply don’t work.”

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10:41am Tue 21 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

its happening more and more to this place.....go back over 30 years and see how many times it has happened, more in the last 5 years than anything i imagine.
The world in changing.
its happening more and more to this place.....go back over 30 years and see how many times it has happened, more in the last 5 years than anything i imagine. The world in changing. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 3

11:15am Tue 21 Jan 14

w-jback says...

Floods regularly, not just in recent times. surprised the pub hasn't been a bit more pro active really.
Floods regularly, not just in recent times. surprised the pub hasn't been a bit more pro active really. w-jback
  • Score: 12

12:12pm Tue 21 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

A friend of mine did some work there as part of the recent refurbishment he asked the publican why he wasn’t more pro-active and even suggested that if he installed some small concrete fence posts and concrete gravel boards around part of the perimeter – there would be a better chance of diverting the moving floodwater water away from the car park and the pub.
It fell on deaf ears. As did my recent comment about the six bags of sand I saw dumped by the front door the day it flooded again.
7 people gave that comment a thumbs down. Strange.
A friend of mine did some work there as part of the recent refurbishment he asked the publican why he wasn’t more pro-active and even suggested that if he installed some small concrete fence posts and concrete gravel boards around part of the perimeter – there would be a better chance of diverting the moving floodwater water away from the car park and the pub. It fell on deaf ears. As did my recent comment about the six bags of sand I saw dumped by the front door the day it flooded again. 7 people gave that comment a thumbs down. Strange. RochfordRob
  • Score: 12

2:29pm Tue 21 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

RochfordRob wrote:
A friend of mine did some work there as part of the recent refurbishment he asked the publican why he wasn’t more pro-active and even suggested that if he installed some small concrete fence posts and concrete gravel boards around part of the perimeter – there would be a better chance of diverting the moving floodwater water away from the car park and the pub.
It fell on deaf ears. As did my recent comment about the six bags of sand I saw dumped by the front door the day it flooded again.
7 people gave that comment a thumbs down. Strange.
How can the place still get insurance..? surely the insurance company are onto a looser.
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: A friend of mine did some work there as part of the recent refurbishment he asked the publican why he wasn’t more pro-active and even suggested that if he installed some small concrete fence posts and concrete gravel boards around part of the perimeter – there would be a better chance of diverting the moving floodwater water away from the car park and the pub. It fell on deaf ears. As did my recent comment about the six bags of sand I saw dumped by the front door the day it flooded again. 7 people gave that comment a thumbs down. Strange.[/p][/quote]How can the place still get insurance..? surely the insurance company are onto a looser. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -2

4:11pm Tue 21 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

the world certainly has changed - noone cares about others anymore - why dont his regulars assist. he doesnt look a young man, i would say he needs a bit of help.
the world certainly has changed - noone cares about others anymore - why dont his regulars assist. he doesnt look a young man, i would say he needs a bit of help. jolllyboy
  • Score: 2

4:31pm Tue 21 Jan 14

DannyK86 says...

Why not use stone or tiled flooring so it doesn't need replacement? There's a pub in York that floods every year from the river - they just make sure all the electrics are at a higher level, clean up after each flood and add a little marker on the wall to show how high the water came. Hey presto - tourist attraction!
Why not use stone or tiled flooring so it doesn't need replacement? There's a pub in York that floods every year from the river - they just make sure all the electrics are at a higher level, clean up after each flood and add a little marker on the wall to show how high the water came. Hey presto - tourist attraction! DannyK86
  • Score: 15

5:27pm Tue 21 Jan 14

abd123 says...

For premises subject to so many floods over the years I am surprised much if that £150,000 did go on flood prevention measures.
For premises subject to so many floods over the years I am surprised much if that £150,000 did go on flood prevention measures. abd123
  • Score: 1

7:19pm Tue 21 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

abd123 wrote:
For premises subject to so many floods over the years I am surprised much if that £150,000 did go on flood prevention measures.
Not sure it did - I think it went on repairs and re-decoration - hence the reason it flooded again just a few months later.
[quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: For premises subject to so many floods over the years I am surprised much if that £150,000 did go on flood prevention measures.[/p][/quote]Not sure it did - I think it went on repairs and re-decoration - hence the reason it flooded again just a few months later. RochfordRob
  • Score: 2

7:22am Wed 22 Jan 14

abd123 says...

RochfordRob wrote:
abd123 wrote:
For premises subject to so many floods over the years I am surprised much if that £150,000 did go on flood prevention measures.
Not sure it did - I think it went on repairs and re-decoration - hence the reason it flooded again just a few months later.
I mistyped. I meant to say I am surprised they did not spend much of the money on prevention.
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: For premises subject to so many floods over the years I am surprised much if that £150,000 did go on flood prevention measures.[/p][/quote]Not sure it did - I think it went on repairs and re-decoration - hence the reason it flooded again just a few months later.[/p][/quote]I mistyped. I meant to say I am surprised they did not spend much of the money on prevention. abd123
  • Score: 1

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