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Volunteers pull together to clean up after Boston floods

By LPorter_TG  |  Posted: December 07, 2013

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A MAJOR clean-up operation was held down Boston’s Church Street following the floods that caused havoc in the town.

Volunteers gathered at The Britannia in Church Street on Friday to help the Britannia as well as other businesses get back on their feet.

The Britannia’s kitchen was completely destroyed along with stock and food. It is estimated that the damage would amount to about £10, 000.

But despite the devastation, The Britannia was determined to reopen the same night.

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The pub suffered bad damage after the river behind it began to burst its banks.

Owner of the Britannia, Daniel Philpott said: “It was awful, we had to evacuate at about 7pm when water came gushing through the kitchen into the bar area. It was about 5ft deep. The whole kitchen was destroyed. The fridges and freezers were floating around the kitchen.

“Five freezers of food was damaged plus all of our stock. About £10,000 worth of goods.

The first floor was covered in water and we worked through the night to get the pub back up and running.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped the Brit open on Friday. We would not have got there without their help.”

A group of volunteers met at Britannia on Friday to help clear up after the floods, including local rapper 50 Sniffs.

The group of volunteers have also started a Facebook page “Get Boston Back On Its Feet.”

These volunteers have been collecting donations to give to those who have suffered the effects of the floods.

They were collection donations in the town on the weekend as well as helping locals clean up.

Volunteer Gail Farnaby helped set up the food donations with the backing of the Red Cross.

She said: “It is truly devastating and I have friends who have been effected by the flooding and their houses destroyed.

“I wanted to help these people in some way so decided to ask for food donations. I contacted the Red Cross for their support.

“Tescos and Boston Food Bank are on board.

we are all pulling together and that is amazing but i got to say “We need more donations please anything even if you can only spare one thing it all helps.”

To contact Gail call 07729200059.

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