For Laxey landlord Paul Phillips it’s business as usual at the Shore Hotel after the floodwater cascaded into the pub’s Bosun brewery.
While the brewery building, which is attached to the pub, took a battering the pub itself escaped the floodwater and still has draught beer on tap.
But the clear up operation in the brewery could take weeks before things get back to normal.
‘The brewery could take some time to repair,’ said Paul.
‘The main casualties in the brewery were five pumps used to pump the beer between different stages of the brewing process.
‘These will need repair or refurbishment. Some equipment like the main beer cooler was submerged under four feet of water. The pumps will cost £600 to £700 each to refurbish and as much as £5,000 for the beer cooler. Flood water came to within two inches of the main control panel so he is still waiting to find out if the electronic circuitry was affected. Since then, they have spent two and a half weeks cleaning up three inches of mud and silt from inside the brewery.
‘We want to make sure everything is fine before we start brewing again but we’ve plenty of beer so there’s no problem there.We have done a brew since the flood, (operating from different premises), and everything was fine. The yeast survived,’ he said.
Mr Phillips himself was on the opposite side of the river from the pub when the bridge collapsed and he watched as the bus fell, blocking the river flow causing the water to overflow, flooding into the brewery building behind the pub.
‘I had to walk round to get back. Freezing cold and soaking wet. There was a tree under the Swales footbridge and that was impassable too because there was water gushing over the top of it,’ he said.
A temporary footbridge running from Glen Road to the pub car park has now reunited the village.
The now traditional Laxey New Year’s day dips will still be going ahead at midday, as normal with hot food provided after in the pub, in aid of Manx Muscular Dystrophy.