PADIHAM CLEAN-UP PHOTOS: Landlord counts cost after flood devastates pub

Popular Padiham pub The Flying Dutchman was one of the worst hit in the Boxing Day floods.

Landlord Lee Bailey, who has been behind the bar for two years, estimated the damage and loss of earnings to stand at around £25,000.

Lee Bailey landlord of the Flying Dutchman, Padiham which was devastated by floods

Lee Bailey landlord of the Flying Dutchman, Padiham which was devastated by floods

He lost chairs tables, equipment and and beer pumps when the water came in through the door of the pub in Burnley Road and up through the cellar.

He said: “My friend rang me at around 9.30am on Boxing Day morning and said my car was floating down the street next to the pub.

“I thought he was having me on at first but when I came downstairs the water was three feet deep in the pub.

“I couldn’t believe it at first and I still feel in shock now, it is all too much to take in.’’

My friend rang me at around 9.30am on Boxing Day morning and said my car was floating down the street next to the pub

Landlord Lee Baile

The pub will now remain closed at one of the busiest times of the year until the repairs can be sorted through the insurance companies. Teams of helpers spent all day mopping up and cleaning inside the pub and firefighters pumped out water from the cellar.

Karem Lee of Burnley was among the many volunteers who gave up her time to offer her help. She told the Express: “I saw what had happened and just wanted to come down to help really.

“It is awful to see people’s homes and businesses destroyed like this.’’

Pendleside Hospice chief executive Helen McVey was in the town’s charity shop helping to clear up after the disaster. She said that many items of stock and also fittings and fixtures had been destroyed by the flood water.

“The shop is run entirely by volunteers and it is devastating for them to see this. We just hope that people will come forward with more items to donate for the shop as so much has been lost,’’ she said.

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