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Downham Market restaurant shares video of 'devastating' flood damage

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A popular Downham restaurant has said it will take "many, many months" to dry out its building following "devastating" flood damage this week.

Officials at Arbuckles shared a video of the flood water in the restaurant on its Facebook page, following flash floods in the town on Wednesday, and updated its customers on the current situation, which has meant plans to reopen next month has been pushed back.

The Facebook post said water filled the car park and penetrated the restaurant, and, at one stage, all internal areas were under 30cms of water.

While they thanked Norfolk Fire Service for its "brilliant work" to remove the water, they said the flood damage has been "heartbreaking".

"It is going to take many, many months to dry out the building and restore it to its full glory.

"We were so ready and looking forward to opening up on the 4th July and were excited to show all our amazing customers what we had done to make a return from the Covid-19 shut down.

"The only good news on this front is that our Ely restaurant is still scheduled to open on the 4th July (subject to official government authorisation) so you will still get to experience Arbuckles and how we have adapted to the challenges.

"So here at Downham we are going to dust ourselves off, stop feeling sorry for ourselves (we gave ourselves that indulgence for 24 hours), be thankful for everything we have that is positive and set about returning as soon as we can with the most amazing restaurant.

"Stay safe and hopefully see you all soon in our Ely restaurant.”

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