Brian May shares footage of his sewage-filled basement following London flooding

Memorabilia from May and his wife Anita Dobson was destroyed.

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Queen guitarist Brian May has shared how his Kensington house’s basement has been massively affected by the recent floods that took place in London, following an enormous amount of rain in the city.

May took to Instagram to share some videos of his basement, in which he and his wife Antia Dobson had stored extensive amounts of memorabilia. It’s now covered in what he called the “stinking sludge” of overflowing sewage.

“After a nice day at The Royal Holloway College, we came back to horror in our house,” he wrote. “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 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. Where did I put it all for safety? In the basement here in Kensington. Irony.”

May then went on to blame the floods on the recent basement developments that had taken place in the Kensington area over the last decade. “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,” he alleged.

Fellow guitarists Nita Strauss and Nuno Bettencourt. shared their support on Instagram. This is so terrible… so sorry, Brian and Anita,” wrote Strauss.

“So sorry … hurts to see when you lose little things that mean so much,” added Bettencourt.

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