Flood-hit pub The Old Crown Inn open for business again but forecast for more rain 'worrying'
A FLOOD-hit pub was up and running again yesterday – despite being engulfed in water 24 hours earlier.
The Old Crown Inn, in Cavendish Bridge, Shardlow, was washed out on Christmas Eve but the water receded overnight.
It was the second time the pub had been hit by flooding in recent weeks.
Landlady Monique Johns said: "There's a phone box in our car park and on Christmas Eve the water was halfway up it!
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"Luckily, overnight the water slowly went down and we managed to open on Christmas Day for two hours. But we're forecast more rain, which is worrying."
Three weeks ago, the pub was swamped and all the stock was lost.
Ms Johns said: "We lost all our fridges and freezers and have only just got it all back.
"If it had got any higher we would have lost it all again.
"Recently, we've been told that if we claim again we might not even get insurance.
"It's terrible. You just watch it come up. There is nothing you can do. People come round and take pictures but they don't seem to realise this is someone's livelihood."
At one point, the water in the pub's cellar was up to knee height.
Ms Johns said: "Last time, we lost all our heating because the boiler was so low.
"The one that has replaced it has been put up much higher so at least we will have heating if nothing else."
Martin Wells, a regular at the Old Crown, lives on a narrow boat in Shardlow Marina and said he was worried about the rain forecast for the coming days.
The 64-year-old said: "Luckily, narrow boats are built to float! But sometimes, getting off the boat across the walkway is tricky because of flooding.
"I've had to wear waders to get back on to solid ground. That's when you realise you're a land-lubber!"
Three Christmas Day flood warnings for Willington, Barrow-upon-Trent and Swarkestone were issued by the Environment Agency.
The Met Office has predicted more rainfall hitting the county tonight and Thursday.
Lynne Hammerton, of Woodshop Lane, Swarkestone, said: "My house was built in the 1800s and I think they knew what they ere doing, as it has never flooded.
"Three weeks ago, the water was much higher than this but it still didn't get in.
"It needs to come up quite a long way before it starts becoming a problem.
"It's not the rain here that we have to be worried about anyway.
"It's what falls further up, that's what affects us."
Christmas Eve saw the peak of rainfall and many roads in south Derbyshire were affected.
Tamworth Road, Sawley, was flooded at the turn-off for Sawley Marina.
Three canoeists went to the rescue after Luke Thomas, 27, got into difficulty as he attempted to drive through the water in his BMW.
He said: "I live in Long Eaton and I've driven through this road before when it's flooded and it's been fine.
"I've only had the car for 18 months and I didn't realise that the air intake is on the bottom instead of the top."
Friends Rob Crowe, Dale Mears and Jennifer Chrines, who had travelled from Nottinghamshire, helped push the vehicle out of the water.
Rob Crowe, 23, from West Bridgford said: "We have been catching the wave on the weir.
"It's great conditions for it but it's cold!"