Queen’s Brian May slams council after flash flooding wreaks havoc on London home
Queen star Brian May has slammed his local council after flash flooding caused immeasurable damage to his London home.
The iconic rock guitarist remained furious after many of his and his wife Anita Dobson’s prized possessions were ruined following heavy downpours in the capital.
Taking to Instagram, Brian revealed that the floor of his house was soaked in dirty water which had also damaged his rugs and priceless childhood memories.
The livid 73-year-old has taken aim at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea City Council for being “responsible for all the misery that is going on in my neighborhood”.
“I don’t really know where to start,” revealed an emotional Brian, as he shared two videos of the damage to his luxury home after it was flooded with sewage.
“It’s still the ground with water. Stuff scattered everywhere, disgusting, ”he told his 2.8 million followers on Instagram.
He blasted in an accompanying caption: “This devastation is a direct result of the infamous RBKC allowing the ruin of our quality of life.
“These are the same people who shockingly allowed the wrong coating to be laid on Grenfell Tower, resulting in the loss of so many lives.
“The same people who allowed a large area at the end of the historic buildings of Kensington High Street to authorize the construction of the – 1, Palace Gate monstrosity by the developers – despite opposition from almost the entire population of Kensington.
“The same advice that allowed selfish b ** tards to build basements to ruin the lives of residents for endless years with noise, pollution and destruction of our home by basement construction purely speculative.
“The RBKC has been called one of the most corrupt and negligent Borough Councils in England.
“I hold them responsible for all the misery that’s going on in my neighborhood tonight. It is time for them to be held to account. Bri. “
Rock legend Brian was shocked when he returned home to west London after spending a day at Royal Holloway College celebrating receiving an honorary scholarship.
He and his wife Anita, the former EastEnders actress, were alarmed to find the entire lower floor of his beloved property inundated with dirty water and many of his belongings decimated as a result.
The damage left his old rugs and rugs in ruins, but most heartbreaking was that many of his and his wife’s treasured memories had been destroyed.
“After a great day at Royal Holloway College, we came back to the horror in our house,” Brian explained.
“The whole ground floor had been inundated with an overflow of sewage – which covered our rugs, rugs and all sorts of precious things (for us) with stinking mud.
“It’s disgusting, and actually quite heartbreaking. We have the impression of having been invaded, desecrated.
“Anita had a lifetime of memories on our basement floor – and most of them are soggy and crumbling.
“I had saved all of my most precious photo albums and childhood albums in my studio because it was threatened with a forest fire a few months ago.
“Where did I put all this for safety?” In the basement here in Kensington. Irony. Today it has turned into a soggy mess.
“I’m devastated – it’s just ‘things’ – but I feel like Back to the Future when the picture fades – I feel like a lot of my past has been annihilated.
“I’m angry. Historically, for 150 years Kensington has never been flooded with rainwater. Why did this happen?
“This is almost certainly the result of all the basements that have plagued this neighborhood for 10 years.
“The Council for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was warned years ago that sinking so many deep basement extensions would clog the aquifers below our living space and make the system inefficient drainage.
A council spokesperson said: “Our priority is to make sure the residents who were affected by the flooding last night get the help they need.
“Overnight, we placed 120 residents in emergency hotel rooms and are doing emergency repairs this morning.”
He added that the council was making appeals for social assistance to “vulnerable” residents and that support centers had been set up in the area.
“Flash floods hit neighborhoods in London after sudden and torrential rains,” he added.
“It is causing damage and disruption throughout the city, not just here in Kensington and Chelsea, and is unrelated to the construction of the basement.”
Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in various parts of London, with cars submerged as roads filled with water and train services canceled.
And like Brian, many homes were damaged by flash floods, especially in West London, including Barnes, Richmond and Raynes Park.