Floods costs White Swan pub in Mansbridge £70,000 in revenue

Flooding at the White Swan in Mansbridge, Southampton

Dee Hammond at the White Swan in Mansbridge, Southampton

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“WE WILL remain defiant.”

That is the message from a Hampshire pub which has flooded eight times in the last six weeks – at a cost of more than £70,000.

But rather than drown their sorrows, staff at the White Swan in Mansbridge remain positive and are working harder than ever to ensure doors are open today – one week after the latest flood proved to be the worst the pub has suffered for several years.

The latest deluge at the pub saw the water reach so high that plug sockets were left underwater, causing considerable damage to the electrics, and travel up the ramp into the restaurant area, which had so far this year remained unscathed. Although all the water has drained out of the building now, floors remain covered in silt and chairs and tables are stacked high to avoid damage, while the car park remains under several feet of water.

Being next to a river, staff are used to preparing for potential flooding and the clear-up operation that follows. Since the start of the year the pub has flooded eight times, but the previous seven were not as severe as this latest torrent.

However, the heavy rain last Friday evening – just a year after a £150,000 refurbishment – saw staff wake up to the worst flooding they had seen since 2007.

The pub has been closed ever since as the rain continues to fall – costing the pub £25,000 in lost sales and around £4,000 in cleaning. In total it has meant £60,000 in lost sales this year, plus £14,000 for cleaning.

Manager Steve Hammond, said: “It is the biggest nightmare ever, but will remain defiant and keep cleaning as best we can so that we can hopefully open today.”

Orchid Pubs, which owns the pub, has already earmarked £40,000 of investment to boost flood defences, due to start next month.

Chris Jones, area manager, added: “Steve and his team have been doing a terrific job in turning this place around pretty quickly when it floods, cleaning up and decontaminating it within 24 hours, but this week they were just faced with a deluge of water and it has had lasting effects.

“We have to take an educat e d gamble to start the clear-up now and try to open today when we know it could all flood again.”

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2:55pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Starof3 says...

You would think after this pub has been here for many years it would already have flood defenses in place considering its next to a river! If it was my pub I would move it else where surely that's cheaper then the clear up and damages!?
You would think after this pub has been here for many years it would already have flood defenses in place considering its next to a river! If it was my pub I would move it else where surely that's cheaper then the clear up and damages!? Starof3
  • Score: -9

3:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

could be four feet deep by sunday ,the river has burst its banks .
could be four feet deep by sunday ,the river has burst its banks . WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.
  • Score: 3

3:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Might SS says...

This pub floods regularly - it is not rocket science they should take soem responsibility and buy soem of the very good defences - it would have cost less than £70k
This pub floods regularly - it is not rocket science they should take soem responsibility and buy soem of the very good defences - it would have cost less than £70k Might SS
  • Score: 3

3:48pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Huey says...

wouldn't bother doing anything until late May, it'll only flood again
wouldn't bother doing anything until late May, it'll only flood again Huey
  • Score: 2

3:52pm Fri 7 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

I wonder if the sluice is even open at woodmill to let the water out, maybe if they had not interfered with the natural course of the river this wouldn't happen.
I wonder if the sluice is even open at woodmill to let the water out, maybe if they had not interfered with the natural course of the river this wouldn't happen. bigfella777
  • Score: 7

4:28pm Fri 7 Feb 14

wilsoncastaway says...

Starof3 wrote:
You would think after this pub has been here for many years it would already have flood defenses in place considering its next to a river! If it was my pub I would move it else where surely that's cheaper then the clear up and damages!?
Pahaahaa... yeah they will just pick it up and stick it on top of Gaters Hill.
[quote][p][bold]Starof3[/bold] wrote: You would think after this pub has been here for many years it would already have flood defenses in place considering its next to a river! If it was my pub I would move it else where surely that's cheaper then the clear up and damages!?[/p][/quote]Pahaahaa... yeah they will just pick it up and stick it on top of Gaters Hill. wilsoncastaway
  • Score: 7

4:32pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Starof3 says...

wilsoncastaway wrote:
Starof3 wrote:
You would think after this pub has been here for many years it would already have flood defenses in place considering its next to a river! If it was my pub I would move it else where surely that's cheaper then the clear up and damages!?
Pahaahaa... yeah they will just pick it up and stick it on top of Gaters Hill.
Wow some people have a sense of humour bet the landlords don't find that comment funny
[quote][p][bold]wilsoncastaway[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Starof3[/bold] wrote: You would think after this pub has been here for many years it would already have flood defenses in place considering its next to a river! If it was my pub I would move it else where surely that's cheaper then the clear up and damages!?[/p][/quote]Pahaahaa... yeah they will just pick it up and stick it on top of Gaters Hill.[/p][/quote]Wow some people have a sense of humour bet the landlords don't find that comment funny Starof3
  • Score: -8

4:50pm Fri 7 Feb 14

wilsoncastaway says...

Well its slightly ridiculous to think you can move a pub.Secondly I live 2 minutes from here and the landlords were well aware of the flooding issue.Its nothing new to locals its been flooding for years.Thirdly what sort of flood defences could you use on a riverside.?
Well its slightly ridiculous to think you can move a pub.Secondly I live 2 minutes from here and the landlords were well aware of the flooding issue.Its nothing new to locals its been flooding for years.Thirdly what sort of flood defences could you use on a riverside.? wilsoncastaway
  • Score: 3

5:14pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Micle1974 says...

You use to be able to take cargo barges to Winchester from southampton along the river.
This wouldn't have happened if they left it alone
http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Itchen_Navi
gation
You use to be able to take cargo barges to Winchester from southampton along the river. This wouldn't have happened if they left it alone http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Itchen_Navi gation Micle1974
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5:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

wilsoncastaway says...

Thats right infact the canal is still visible behind the resiviour.
Thats right infact the canal is still visible behind the resiviour. wilsoncastaway
  • Score: 1

5:24pm Fri 7 Feb 14

loonaloop says...

The pub only started to flood after the M27 was built, before that is was a nice white and gravely chalk stream but since all the rain water and other cr@p from it goes straight into the Itchen the strech below the M27 is a sorry silted up mess.
The pub only started to flood after the M27 was built, before that is was a nice white and gravely chalk stream but since all the rain water and other cr@p from it goes straight into the Itchen the strech below the M27 is a sorry silted up mess. loonaloop
  • Score: 2

5:39pm Fri 7 Feb 14

MisterTom says...

I would of thought the insurance company would of cover everything ? loss of earning, wages.. etc !
I would of thought the insurance company would of cover everything ? loss of earning, wages.. etc ! MisterTom
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Fri 7 Feb 14

beesdee says...

What's a plug socket? Either it's a plug or a socket.
By the way, Mr. Tom, ' would have', not 'would of'...
What's a plug socket? Either it's a plug or a socket. By the way, Mr. Tom, ' would have', not 'would of'... beesdee
  • Score: -1

11:01pm Fri 7 Feb 14

forest hump says...

wilsoncastaway wrote:
Well its slightly ridiculous to think you can move a pub.Secondly I live 2 minutes from here and the landlords were well aware of the flooding issue.Its nothing new to locals its been flooding for years.Thirdly what sort of flood defences could you use on a riverside.?
"Thirdly", big ones that do not leak! Piling riverbanks is simple providing someone stumps up the cash
[quote][p][bold]wilsoncastaway[/bold] wrote: Well its slightly ridiculous to think you can move a pub.Secondly I live 2 minutes from here and the landlords were well aware of the flooding issue.Its nothing new to locals its been flooding for years.Thirdly what sort of flood defences could you use on a riverside.?[/p][/quote]"Thirdly", big ones that do not leak! Piling riverbanks is simple providing someone stumps up the cash forest hump
  • Score: 0

10:24am Sat 8 Feb 14

wilsoncastaway says...

forest hump wrote:
wilsoncastaway wrote:
Well its slightly ridiculous to think you can move a pub.Secondly I live 2 minutes from here and the landlords were well aware of the flooding issue.Its nothing new to locals its been flooding for years.Thirdly what sort of flood defences could you use on a riverside.?
"Thirdly", big ones that do not leak! Piling riverbanks is simple providing someone stumps up the cash
Your right.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wilsoncastaway[/bold] wrote: Well its slightly ridiculous to think you can move a pub.Secondly I live 2 minutes from here and the landlords were well aware of the flooding issue.Its nothing new to locals its been flooding for years.Thirdly what sort of flood defences could you use on a riverside.?[/p][/quote]"Thirdly", big ones that do not leak! Piling riverbanks is simple providing someone stumps up the cash[/p][/quote]Your right. wilsoncastaway
  • Score: 0

11:41am Sat 8 Feb 14

issacchunt says...

MisterTom wrote:
I would of thought the insurance company would of cover everything ? loss of earning, wages.. etc !
Do you actually beleive any insurer would continue to insure the Swan for flood risk.
[quote][p][bold]MisterTom[/bold] wrote: I would of thought the insurance company would of cover everything ? loss of earning, wages.. etc ![/p][/quote]Do you actually beleive any insurer would continue to insure the Swan for flood risk. issacchunt
  • Score: 1

11:58am Sat 8 Feb 14

kevinchandler100@talktalk.net says...

Starof3 wrote:
You would think after this pub has been here for many years it would already have flood defenses in place considering its next to a river! If it was my pub I would move it else where surely that's cheaper then the clear up and damages!?
IT JUST GOS TO SHOW THEY THINK OF LINEING THERE OWN POCKETS FIRST. ONLY ONE THING FOR IT CALL TIME FOR THE LAST TIME.
[quote][p][bold]Starof3[/bold] wrote: You would think after this pub has been here for many years it would already have flood defenses in place considering its next to a river! If it was my pub I would move it else where surely that's cheaper then the clear up and damages!?[/p][/quote]IT JUST GOS TO SHOW THEY THINK OF LINEING THERE OWN POCKETS FIRST. ONLY ONE THING FOR IT CALL TIME FOR THE LAST TIME. kevinchandler100@talktalk.net
  • Score: -3

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