September 3 2014 Latest news:
Friday, February 21, 2014
A Suffolk pub enjoyed brisk trade on its first day of opening since being engulfed by flood waters from a tidal surge.
The Crown Inn was inundated with saltwater when the north bank of the River Alde overtopped in Snape on December 6.
Despite the best efforts of landlords Garry and Teresa Cook, flood water still streamed inside the pub.
At one point the water level rose to three feet, ruining furniture and kitchen equipment.
The Cooks managed to move much of their varied livestock to safer ground, saving prize-winning pigs, goats, sheep, lambs, turkeys, ducks, geese and chickens. Although, most of the animals were spared, only five of the pub’s 44 turkeys survived.
Yesterday, the atmosphere was hopeful and celebratory in The Crown, where pints were being pulled and food served to customers for the first time since the flood.
Mrs Cook said: “It’s great. We waited so long for this day. It’s fantastic.
“We lost absolutely everything in the flood but this is a new beginning for us and for The Crown.”
Mr Cook said: “It’s a bit like having a new business. We’ve got a nice new kitchen and we’ve changed the bar around to make more space for a drinking area. Now that we have reopened, we would like people to come along and support us.”
Mr and Mrs Cook are currently exploring the possibility of investing in their own flood defences to protect the pub in the future.