Brian May blames local council as sewage flooding destroys 'lifetime' of memorabilia

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Watch: Queen guitarist Brian May shares footage of 'devastation' after west London home is flooded

Queen rocker Brian May has angrily blamed his local council after flood sewage damaged his west London house and destroyed a "lifetime" of memorabilia.

After heavy rain and flash floods were seen in London on Tuesday, May shared pictures and videos of the flood damage to his home on Instagram, admitting he was "angry" and blaming the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council.

The 73-year-old guitarist and his former EastEnders star wife Anita Dobson are "heartbroken" after the carpets in the ground floor of their home were destroyed along with memorabilia and personal mementos in their basement.

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May wrote: "This devastation is a direct result of the infamous RBKC allowing the ruination of our quality of life. These are the same people who scandalously allowed the wrong cladding to be put on Grenfell Tower leading to the loss of so many lives...

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"The RBKC have been called one of the most corrupt and negligent borough councils in England. I hold them responsible for all the misery that is going on in my neighbourhood tonight. It’s time they were held to account. Bri."

The We Will Rock You hitmaker said he and Dobson, 72, had been out all day at the Royal Holloway College, where he was given an honorary fellowship, before coming home to the flood damage.

He said: "After a nice day at The Royal Holloway College, we came back to horror in our house. The whole bottom floor had been inundated with a sewage overflow - which has covered our carpets, rugs and all kinds of precious (to us) things in a stinking sludge. It’s disgusting, and actually quite heartbreaking. It feels like we were have been invaded, desecrated.

Brian May of Queen performs on stage during 2019 Global Citizen Festival at Central Park (Photo by Lev Radin / Pacific Press/Sipa USA)
Brian May blames the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council for the flood damage to his home. (PA)

"Anita had a lifetime of memorabilia on the floor of our basement - and most of it is sodden and ruined. I had rescued all my most treasured childhood photo albums and scrapbooks from my studio house because it was threatened with a forest fire some months ago. Where did I put it all for safety ? 

"In the basement here in Kensington. Irony. Today it turned into a sodden mess. I’m devastated - this stuff is only ‘things’ - but it feels like Back to the Future when the photograph fades - feels like a lot of my past has been wiped out."

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He also blamed the installation of many "super basements" in the area for making the damage worse.

May said: "I’m angry. Historically, for 150 years, Kensington has never flooded due to rainwater. Why did this happen ? It’s almost certainly the result of all the basement building that has been plaguing this area for the past 10 years. 

"The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council was warned years ago that sinking so many deep basement extensions would obstruct the aquifers underneath our living space and render the drainage system ineffective."

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The Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017 saw 72 people killed after the 24-storey building caught fire.

An inquiry into how the building came to be covered in combustible cladding is still ongoing.

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