More devastating floods force pubs to close for Christmas

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More devastating floods force pubs to close for Christmas

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Pubs have been devastated yet again by floods, with many likely to struggle to open for Christmas Day.

And the relentless rain shows no sign of stopping soon, with further flood warnings in place across Cumbria and in mid, south-west and north Wales.


The Union Inn pub in Gwynedd, Wales, has been badly flooded and forced to close for Christmas and New Year.

Licensee Peta Panter had to evacuate customers when water came flooding in during a heavy rain spell.

She told the Cambrian News​: "I have been looking forward to Christmas for so long; it’s a really special day for me and the community. Christmas morning is always so lovely, we have our regulars come over and we have such a lovely time and I'm heartbroken to think that won't happen this year."

Flood water reaches 12ft

Earlier this month, many pubs in Cumbria were devastated, and licensees left homeless​. One pub was reported to have 12 feet of water inside.

And some areas of Cumbria have suffered a third flood in less than a month.

The Met Office warned of Storm Eva, which swept in overnight. But pubs were not prepared for the scale of the damage to come.

But there were some warning signs yesterday for flood-hit areas.

Areas around Pooley Bridge, Keswick campsites, the Eden Golf Club, Armathwaite, and Carlisle's Rickerby Park have been issues a yellow warning by the Met Office.

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