Brian May ‘heartbroken and angry’ as sewage floods his West London home


Queen star Brian May’s home has been flooded by sewage, destroying many of his belongings. 

The musician, 73, took to Instagram to detail the disaster on Monday, returning to his West London property from a day at Royal Holloway University. 

Brian discovered the lower floor of his home was mired in unsavoury-looking black water, and that it had damaged his carpets and rugs as well as his childhood photo albums. Wife Anita Dobson’s keepsakes had also been ruined.

‘We were have been invaded and desecrated!’ Brian May has been left ‘heartbroken and angry’ after sewage flooded his West London home destroying his childhood memorabilia, carpets and furniture on Monday

The guitarist documented this on social media, branding the mess ‘disgusting’ and ‘heartbreaking’.

He explained that his photo albums had been at another of his homes, which had recently been under threat of forest fires – yet they have now fallen victim to the flooding.

The rock star told his 2.8 million followers that the floor was the fault of the council, approving poorly-designed basements to be built in the London suburb with ‘ineffective’ drainage.

He penned: ‘After a nice day at The Royal Holloway College, we came back to horror in our house.

Sludge: Brian discovered the lower floor of his home was mired in unsavory-looking black water, and that it had damaged his carpets and rugs as well as his childhood photo albums. Wife Anita Dobson's keepsakes had also been ruined

Sludge: Brian discovered the lower floor of his home was mired in unsavory-looking black water, and that it had damaged his carpets and rugs as well as his childhood photo albums. Wife Anita Dobson’s keepsakes had also been ruined

Ruined: The guitarist documented this on social media, branding the mess 'disgusting' and 'heartbreaking'

Ruined: The guitarist documented this on social media, branding the mess ‘disgusting’ and ‘heartbreaking’

Fuming! In 2018, May said the leafy borough of Kensington [pictured] had become a 'hellhole' due to the amount of building work going on there

Fuming! In 2018, May said the leafy borough of Kensington [pictured] had become a ‘hellhole’ due to the amount of building work going on there

‘The whole bottom floor had been inundated with a sewage overflow – which has covered our carpets, rugs and all kinds of precious things in a stinking sludge.

‘It’s disgusting, and actually quite heartbreaking. It feels like we were have been invaded, desecrated.

‘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. 

Aftermath: He explained that his photo albums had been at another of his homes, which had recently been under threat of forest fires - yet they have now fallen victim to the flooding

Aftermath: He explained that his photo albums had been at another of his homes, which had recently been under threat of forest fires – yet they have now fallen victim to the flooding

He posted: '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'

He posted: ‘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’

Fury! Brian took to Instagram to rant about the matter

Placing blame: The rock star told his 2.8 million followers that the floor was the fault of the council

Fury! Brian took to Instagram to rant about the matter

Claims: He claimed it was the council's fault fir approving poorly-designed basements to be built in the London suburb with 'ineffective' drainage

Claims: He claimed it was the council’s fault fir approving poorly-designed basements to be built in the London suburb with ‘ineffective’ drainage

‘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. 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.’

Elsewhere, property expert Kirstie Allsopp, who lives in the same area as Brian, also experienced damage and documented this on social media.

‘There’s been biblical rain in London, homes flooded & rain in places in our home its certainly never been before,’ she said of the unseasonal July weather. ‘If you’re away/at work and can get someone to check your basement/terrace/flat roof/chimney/French doors please do.

‘In some areas water is coming up through toilets,’ she tweeted.

Elsewhere: Property expert Kirstie Allsopp, who lives in the same area as Brian, also experienced damage and documented this on social media

Elsewhere: Property expert Kirstie Allsopp, who lives in the same area as Brian, also experienced damage and documented this on social media

Awful! 'In some areas water is coming up through toilets,' she tweeted

Awful! ‘In some areas water is coming up through toilets,’ she tweeted



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