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Aerial pictures show devastating impact of flooding on Fenn Bell Inn pub, Hoo


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These images show the devastating scale of floods which submerged a pub-cum-zoo earlier this morning.

Torrential rain overnight and this morning flooded the Fenn Bell Inn, Hoo, as other parts of Kent were struck by the severe conditions.

An aerial video of the flood. Credit: Geoff Watkins / @DronePilotGeoff

Fire crews attended the site in Ratcliffe Highway earlier this morning to help pump water out of the building.

However, due to drainage issues in the surrounding area it wasn't possible to remove it.

The pub is connected to the Fenn Bell Conservation Project, which has fallen on hard times recently following the third lockdown.

Staff were pumping water out of the zoo this morning. None of the animals were effected by the conditions.

Head keeper Connor Gordon, said: "We have lost the entire pub.

The conservation project, behind the pub, has not been badly damaged. Picture: Geoff Watkins / @DronePilotGeoff
The conservation project, behind the pub, has not been badly damaged. Picture: Geoff Watkins / @DronePilotGeoff

"The fire department were here this morning. We've saved what furniture we can.

"We're fighting a losing battle. If the rain ever calms down we'll be able to properly clean up."

Connor then took to Facebook to share the news. He said: "The building is ruined, nearly a foot of water inside, it's even deeper outside. The ditches are full and bursting, the roads are flooded and getting worse.

"We are pumping water out of the zoo as this post goes out, all the animals are staying warm and dry in their beds, and we will keep them that way."

A spokesperson for the fire service said: "One fire engine attended and crews attempted to remove the flood water using a main pump, however due to drainage issues in the immediate area, it was not possible to do so.

A drone captured the full extent of the damage. Picture: Geoff Watkins / @DronePilotGeoff
A drone captured the full extent of the damage. Picture: Geoff Watkins / @DronePilotGeoff
The flooding came following torrential rain earlier this morning. Picture: Geoff Watkins / @DronePilotGeoff
The flooding came following torrential rain earlier this morning. Picture: Geoff Watkins / @DronePilotGeoff

"Crews ensured the scene was safe and provided advice to the occupant."

Flooding has been seen across Kent after the Environment Agency issued warnings yesterday.

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