The Fox and Hounds forced to close its doors to punters as staff count the cost of festive floods
A PUB that flooded over the festive period has closed its doors for repairs to be carried out.
The Fox and Hounds, in Coxbench, flooded before Christmas but landlady Mel Whysall managed the problem with mats and sandbags, determined not to let down the dozens of people she had coming for Christmas dinner.
But now, after managing to stay open over the whole of Christmas and New Year, the Alfreton Road pub has closed temporarily as carpets were waterlogged and wooden floors were warped. Mel said: "I've been here for seven years and I've never had any problems with flooding in the past.
"There was nothing earlier last year when other places were hit by floods across the county.
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"There was a lot of rain and surface water everywhere but none of it came into the pub and it wasn't really a worry.
"I couldn't believe it when the water started coming in to the pub just before Christmas – it was the worst time for it to happen."
It was Thursday, December 20, when the floods began.
Ms Whysall said: "It wasn't like we had 3ft of water in the bar but there was enough of it to mean there was some standing water on the floor and carpets.
"We got rid of what we could in the short space of time we had and made the pub presentable for our customers.
"Christmas Eve is always a busy night for us with the regulars coming in and we had 60 people booked for Christmas lunch. We couldn't close our doors and ruin their Christmases."
Ms Whysall added: "We waited until the rush of New Year was over but the smell from the stale water in the carpets was becoming too much.
"We ripped them up – along with a lot of the wooden flooring – and there was water under all the floor boards. It didn't have anywhere to drain to.
"We've spent the last couple of days pumping it all out and it's all gone now but it's left a lot of damage behind."
Ms Whysall is claiming the money back through her insurance company and thinks it will cost a few thousand pounds.
She said: "It needs to be dried out properly, the floorboards need replacing and then the carpets need redoing.
"It's going to be a lot of work, something we could do without. We're going to have to stay shut while the work is done and I don't like to leave my customers with nowhere to drink.
"I want to get back open as soon as possible and be welcoming everyone back in as quickly as we can."