Queen star Brian May has removed several items from his London home after it was flooded earlier this month.
The legendary musician, 73, looked sombre as he and his long time driver Phillip Webb took away treasured possessions from the house on Wednesday.
Brian discovered the lower floor of his home was mired in unsavoury-looking black water on July 12, and that it had damaged his carpets and rugs as well as his childhood photo albums. Wife Anita Dobson’s keepsakes were also ruined.
Clearing out: Queen star Brian May has removed several items from his London home after it was flooded earlier this month
The rocker cut a casual figure in a black printed T-shirt, short sleeved shirt and a matching pair of shorts.
He was seen carrying a couple of bags out of the home while his driver removed two large paintings.
One of the art works was a mermaid in front of a landscape while another was a Diableries series.
Phillip also carried out a box of books and paper work which Brian previously said were treasured momentous.
Damage: Brian shared this image a fortnight ago, when he discovered the lower floor of his home was mired in unsavoury-looking black water, and that it had damaged his carpets and rugs as well as his childhood photo albums
Casual: The rocker cut a casual figure in a black printed T-shirt, short sleeved shirt and a matching pair of shorts
It comes after Brian’s home was flooded by sewage, destroying many of his belongings.
The musician took to Instagram to detail the disaster, returning to his West London property from a day at Royal Holloway University.
The guitarist documented this on social media, branding the mess ‘disgusting’ and ‘heartbreaking’.
Items: Brian’s long time driver Phillip Webb took away treasured possessions from the house on Wednesday
Artwork: One of Brian’s paintings featured a mermaid in front of a sea view
He explained that his photo albums had been at another of his homes, which had recently been under threat of forest fires – yet they fell victim to the flooding.
The rock star told his 2.8 million followers that the flood was the fault of the council, approving poorly-designed basements to be built in the London suburb with ‘ineffective’ drainage.
He penned: ‘After a nice day at The Royal Holloway College, we came back to horror in our house.
‘The whole bottom floor had been inundated with a sewage overflow – which has covered our carpets, rugs and all kinds of precious things in a stinking sludge.
Awful: Brian’s home was flooded by sewage, destroying many of his belongings
Heartbreaking: Brian described the flooding as like being ‘invaded and desecrated’
Brian said: ‘Anita had a lifetime of memorabilia on the floor of our basement – and most of it is sodden and ruined’
‘It’s disgusting, and actually quite heartbreaking. It feels like we were 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.
Sludge: Brian discovered the lower floor of his home was mired in unsavoury-looking black water
Ruined: The guitarist documented this on social media, branding the mess ‘disgusting’ and ‘heartbreaking’
Memories: Several of Brian’s photos and other valuables were seen strewn over the floor
Flooding: Brian shared a snap of footprints in the sludge that covered his home
Fuming! In 2018, May said the leafy borough of Kensington [pictured] had become a ‘hellhole’ due to the amount of building work going on there
Aftermath: He explained that his photo albums had been at another of his homes, which had recently been under threat of forest fires – yet they have now fallen victim to the flooding
He posted: ‘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’
Nightmare: Brian’s basement sustained a considerable amount of damage
Fury! Brian took to Instagram to rant about the matter
Claims: He claimed it was the council’s fault fir approving poorly-designed basements to be built in the London suburb with ‘ineffective’ drainage
‘Where did I put it all for safety? In the basement here in Kensington. Irony. Today it turned into a sodden mess.
‘I’m devastated – this stuff is only “things” – but it feels like Back To The Future when the photograph fades – feels like a lot of my past has been wiped out. 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.’
Elsewhere, property expert Kirstie Allsopp, who lives in the same area as Brian, also experienced damage and documented this on social media.
‘There’s been biblical rain in London, homes flooded & rain in places in our home its certainly never been before,’ she said of the unseasonal July weather. ‘If you’re away/at work and can get someone to check your basement/terrace/flat roof/chimney/French doors please do.
‘In some areas water is coming up through toilets,’ she tweeted.
A Kensington and Chelsea Council spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Our priority is to make sure residents who have been affected by last night’s flooding have the help they need.
Lost property: Brian and wife Anita Dobson [pictured in 2016] have lost much of their memorabilia to the floods
Elsewhere: Property expert Kirstie Allsopp, who lives in the same area as Brian, also experienced damage and documented this on social media
‘Overnight we have placed 120 residents in emergency hotel accommodation and are making emergency repairs this morning. We are making welfare calls to vulnerable residents and have set up a centre at The Curve in North Kensington where Council officers are on hand to support people affected.
‘Flash floods have affected boroughs across London after sudden and torrential rainfall. This is causing damage and disruption across the city, not just here in just here in Kensington and Chelsea and is not linked to basement building.’
In 2018, Brian claimed he was being forced out of his London home after his neighbours’ mega-basement plans turned his street into a ‘hellhole’.
The musician hit out at residents in his plush neighbourhood for blighting the area with noise and causing ‘unbearable disruption’ to his quality of life.
Awful! ‘In some areas water is coming up through toilets,’ she tweeted
Jacqui Barber, 60, told MailOnline: ‘I was in the house and there was a lot of rain and it was torrential coming over the top’
In an open letter to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, he wrote that over the past decade his ‘oasis’ had been shattered by the ‘unreasonable’ building schemes.
He said the use of piling rigs, massive removal of earth and deployment of huge machinery resulted in intolerable noise, dust, polluting fumes and a loss of privacy.
The guitarist highlighted examples of underground extensions in his street, and said he anticipated more proposals will follow.
A series of posts on his website detailed the ‘misery’ and ‘stress’ he and Anita, along with their neighbours, had endured for almost a decade.
Disastrous: This home in Maida Vale and its glass door showed exactly how much water had fallen in the capital earlier this month
Chaos! Cars are left abandoned in around 2ft of water after heavy rain falls on a road in South Hampstead, north London
River wild! Flood waters poured through the streets of Portobello Road in Notting Hill after nearly three inches of rain hit the capital in just 90 minutes
In a post called ‘Basement Building Hell can Kill You’ – an apparent play on the title of his solo release, Too Much Love Will Kill You – May said the renovations left ‘anger inside me, frustration, feelings of being abused’.
‘And although I’ve occasionally let out a cry of something like ‘Basement Building B*******’, mostly this feeling of powerlessness in the face of an enemy that hides behind planning permissions has been bottled up.’
The musician asked the council to refuse all future planning applications, adding: ‘In the coming months, I will not be backing off an inch in the fight against the Basement Building Barbarians.
‘I will be battling on, for Common Decency, and the quality of life of the remaining residents. But I may do it from a home where I don’t wake up to being persecuted every day of the week.’
Drama! Rain battered the streets of London forcing cars to drive through inches of rain during thunderstorms in London
Brian explained that after working hard to buy the home he dreamed of one day owning, he and his wife were planning to leave London, having reached ‘breaking point’.
‘Anticipating permission for these new basements to be constructed, we are now planning to sell up, quitting Kensington entirely, and to move out of London,’ he said. ‘It’s a massive disruption, and one we’ve been trying for years to avoid, but we’re now at breaking point.’
Brian added: ‘Kensington truly has become a Hellhole. You only have to walk around it to see. We will now be seeing more and more decent people quitting in disgust, in search of a decent place to live.’
Citing noise made by lorries in the area reversing, he continued: ‘We have allowed our entire environment to become toxic – hazardous to our quality of life.’
Gross! In St John’s Wood, one homeowner was left shocked as water began to splurge out of their overflowing toilet through their property
Wet wet wet! People sprint through the streets of Highgate in north London with their umbrellas to get out of the torrential downpours
Londoners in some of the city’s wealthiest areas were waking up in emergency accommodation on July 13 following the flash-floods.
Like Brian, many were left battling to save their treasured belongings after their homes were deluged with water and left without power.
Some families in West London had to shelter in a makeshift community centre after they were washed out of their multi-million-pound properties.
Tube and rail services were suspended after ‘biblical’ storms saw flooding rock the capital, leaving destruction across the city.
Flood waters poured through the streets of Portobello Road in Notting Hill after nearly three inches of rain hit the capital in just 90 minutes and in Raynes Park, south London, cars were left abandoned in around 2ft of water after torrential downpours caused travel chaos and left homes and businesses flooded.
Run for it! People are left drenched as torrential rain falls down on Turnpike Lane in north London, with the Met Office warning of floods and up to two inches of rain
Explosive scenes! Pipes begins to overflow on a road in Lancaster West Estate, near Grenfell, west London, after heavy rainfall hits the region
Over troubled water: A bridge is roped off after a road was flooded in south London, as heavy rain continues to fall across London and the south of England
Meanwhile in Turnpike Lane, north London, people were spotted wading through the water in the streets as the heavy rain pelted down and flooded the roads.
Writer Liz Brewer, who has penned two books on etiquette, was hit by floods of dark water in her home in Belgravia.
She told MailOnline: ‘There were about 12 inches of water that hit my home. Fortunately I was out when it happened and I got the alert something was wrong.
‘It is the basement of my house, which is where my office is located, so a lot of my files down there have been ruined. Fortunately I have a back up of most things on my computer.
‘I am ringing the insurers this morning. My neighbours also had about the same amount of water come in. It was dark water, it’s never happened before. I’m sure there is a lot of damage in the area, fortunately it seems to be mostly in basements.’
Drive-through! Flash flooding in Putney caused chaos on the roads while commuters tried to get home in rush hour