A REDRUTH-based fire and flood company has helped out a world famous museum after it flooded on Boxing Day.
Richfords Fire and Flood were called to the Brooklands Museum in Surrey which was under a foot of water after the River Wey burst its bank.
Insurers put in a desperate call to the company’s headquarters to get crews to start dewatering the museum buildings and then to dry them out.
The flooding came just ahead of a major rally event at the site planned for New Year’s Day.
Up to 1,000 vehicles and 5,000 visitors were expected. The owners were anxious to get the museum back into a state where the rally could go-ahead.
The museum is a collection of buildings built next to the racetrack where Sir Malcolm Campbell built many of his ‘Bluebirds’ which then went on to set land speed records. It also holds an important collection of vehicles and aircraft, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Concorde.
Michael Cooper, in charge of the recovery operation, said: “Some of the buildings had to be pumped out with our submersible equipment to drop the water level. On top of that, we have been carrying out a major cleaning and sanitisation project at the same time. Lastly, we have brought in dehumidifiers to dry out the affected buildings.”
This comes at a time when Richfords Fire and Flood is already carrying out many other operations in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. This has meant it has had to call in its flexible technicians working across the region. Many are working out of the Cullompton depot on the M5 in Devon. This covers a region badly hit by flooding over the years.