A POPULAR Wearside pub was forced to close its doors today when the Wear burst its banks.
The Golden Lion, Lion Place, South Hylton, was shin-deep in river and sewer water due to the severe weather conditions.
Water flowed into the pub’s cellar and seeped in through the walls, leaving stock damaged, and staff attempting to drain water away with buckets for about four hours.
Landlady Tanya Hallem, said she was “hysterical” when she saw the water cascading in towards the business.
“I was screaming,” she said. “My husband had to come back to the pub from work and help.
“It was scary when it was coming in through the walls.”
The powerful river, which Tanya said burst its banks about 1.30pm, moved furniture outside the pub in its beer garden.
“I was throwing water out of the cellar for about two hours,” said Tanya.
“It started going back out about 5.30pm, but it’s still going up in the cellar because of the sewer.”
She added that the damage could be long lasting.
“It’s annoying the smell because all the furniture and everything will be ruined because it is sewer water that has been coming in.
“We have never had this problem before.”
The Golden Lion is now reopen.
People can access the latest ‘alert’ information at the environment agency website - www.environmnet-agency.gov.uk or by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188. Specific flood information is available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods