Pub devastated by flood after revamp

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A pub has been devastated by flash floods for the second time in a year — and just months after it re-opened following a £100,000 refurbishment.

Water flooded into the Seven Oaks Inn, on Low’s Lane, Stanton-by-Dale on Monday lunchtime.

Speaking shortly after the storm, landlord Ryan Pound told the Advertiser: “It’s devastating, I feel like crying.

“We only re-opened at the end of November after we spent £100,000 doing the pub up because of floods last summer.

“To see the water rushing through the bar and down in the cellar again brought it all back.”

Although water was draining from the property after the flash floods, Ryan said he feared the worst when it 
comes to having the damage assessed.

Following the floods that did so much damage last summer work was carried out by Derbyshire County Council on the drainage on the roads surrounding the area.

But Ryan made claims to the Advertiser that not enough had been done as when the rain started to fall this week and said that the drains couldn’t cope. He said: “It was obvious it was going to happen again as soon as the storm started.

“When I’ve spoken to the council they’ve said money has run out, but what about me? I’m still paying after last time, I can’t afford this every time there’s heavy rain.”

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “We are aware that there is an issue with standing water in this particular location - the problem is not with the drains but that the shape of the road creates a dip.

“This collects water during heavy rain and when vehicles drive through it this causes water to go over the kerb and towards the property.

““We will be going out to survey the location shortly and will then work on a solution to the problem. This will probably involve resurfacing work to reprofile that section of road.”