Flood pub' back in deep water

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by John Harrington York's "flood pub" has fallen foul of rising water levels yet again ­ but damages have been minor thanks to precautions taken by...

by John Harrington York's "flood pub" has fallen foul of rising water levels yet again ­ but damages have been minor thanks to precautions taken by the long-suffering licensee. The King's Arms in King's Staith was forced to close on Sunday afternoon after melting snow caused the nearby River Ouse to flood, with water levels swelling to almost 13ft above normal. But licensee Mike Hartley said he was prepared. Fearing the worst, he took steps to make the pub "flood friendly". "We've stripped all the furniture from the pub and it's now just a brick shell," he said. "This year we've installed two flood doors, which keep most of the water out and we also have a pump. So long as the water doesn't rise above window level we will be okay." Hartley has operated the Sam Smith's managed pub for seven years, in which time the building has flooded "quite a few times". The recent soaking is the first for 13 months ­ the pub is usually flooded around three times a year.

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