UPDATE: Popular Skegness pub is open as usual after flood

The flooded car park at the Welcome Inn in Skegness. ANL-160604-230916001

The flooded car park at the Welcome Inn in Skegness. ANL-160604-230916001

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A popular pub in Skegness is open as usual today in spite of the grounds being flooded following a burst water main.

Customers were left stranded at the Welcome Inn in Old Burgh Road last night when water that had been gushing from the main for hours left the car park and surrounding grounds under water.

The flooded grounds of the Welcome Inn in Skegness. ANL-160604-230927001

The flooded grounds of the Welcome Inn in Skegness. ANL-160604-230927001

Thirty-three homes in the area were left without water as Anglian Water engineers worked through the night to repair the main.

This morning the water authority is apologising for the inconvience and promising to “pick up the tab to get the pub back to normal”.

The water main burst early yesterday afternoon and had completely flooded the field in front of the pub, the car park and the link road from the A158 to Old Burgh Road by the evening.

Phytos Chrysostomou, owner of the Welcome Inn in Old Burgh Road, alerted Anglian Water at 1.15pm when he saw the burst on the A158 road next to his field.

Last night, he was preparing to stay up as water began seeping into his cellar. He said: “We might have been all right if Anglian Water had turned up in the first hour but it was three hours before they came.

“The Fire Brigade has been pumping water but it’s hardly touched it, although we are in a safer condition.

“I’ve been giving customers a lift to their car in my van because the car park has been under water.

“Every five minutes I’m having to go and check the cellar because water is starting to seep in. I’m expecting to be up all night - it’s always fun at the Welcome.”

On Facebook Nick Walton said: “I phoned this through to Anglian Water about 3pm this afternoon. They stated they were unaware, and then spotted an Anglian Water van drive past it and carry on to The Ship.

“An hour later Anglian Water phoned me to ask if it was near the Old Burgh Road as they we’re struggling to find it!

“Cannot believe nobody had phoned up before me.”

Emma Staples from Anglian Water said: “We’re very sorry for the disruption caused yesterday by a burst main near Old Burgh Road.

“The first call notifying us came in at 14.28pm and we immediately sent a team to site but unfortunately some water had already escaped and flooded the outside of the pub.

“Rest assured we will pick up the tab to get the pub back to normal - our manager will be speaking to the landlord today to discuss this – and we’ll be writing to each of the other customers affected too, to explain the steps we took and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“During the repair, 33 homes were without water, and unfortunately the need for a tree surgeon and the removal of a lamp post did mean the repair took longer than it would normally. We know how frustrating it is to be without water and our teams worked through the night to get things back to normal as soon as possible. Everyone was back on water by 4am, and the majority much sooner than that.”