London flooding: Hackney family devastated by severe damage to restaurant that ‘could have been fatal’

A family-run restaurant has been devastated by serious flooding after a torrential rainfall hit London this weekend.

Nazar is a Turkish restaurant and takeaway on Well Street in Hackney .

On Sunday, water filled the restaurant at a shocking rate and the family have been left to pick up the pieces.

The restaurant belongs to Nayim, 28, and his family who have been serving their local community at different shops and restaurants in Hackney for 30 years.

“Me and my brother, we literally grew up in the shop,” Nayim said. “We’ve been in the area for 30 years, three generations.”

The family are working to repair the extensive damaged caused by the flood

Nayim explained the flooding came from a manhole next door that hasn’t been maintained.

“In 2014, we had flooding before. We emailed the council, we let them know about the situation, and no one got back to us.

“On Sunday, out of nowhere, in eight or nine minutes water just flooded all the way to the top. It was water mixed with electricity.”

Nayim described the unbelievable scene as a dangerous mix of water, gas and electricity filled their beloved restaurant.

“It could have been a fatal situation – someone could have actually died.

“The way the water gushed inside, I know it sounds silly, but it looked like it had its own current.

“Fridges were floating, everything was flying around. If you didn’t know how to swim, you would have drowned in that water.

“We thought downstairs was going to collapse. We all ran outside the building.”

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Water filled the restaurant in the space of eight minutes

Nayim feels as though his family has been left to deal with the situation alone.

Their landlord has yet to come and see them, and the family is dissatisfied by the lack of support from the local council and Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville .

“Philip Glanville is always here and promoting the area on social media, but he’s just down the road,” Nayim said.

“Not one person has contacted us personally to ask if we’re okay.

“We’re a family-run place. All our customers, we see them as family as well. I feel like everyone’s turned a blind eye to what’s going on with us.”

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The Mayor of Hackney did respond to the video of the flooding at Nazar on Twitter acknowledging that the situation was ‘awful’.

He also said council teams were responding to local flooding and touring the borough to look for ‘key issues’.

Looking ahead, Nayim and his family are worried about further flooding.

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The team at Nazar are working to repair the extensive damage that has already been done to their restaurant.

“Everything’s going to have to get chucked away. Best thing we can do is just rebuild – we’re used to taking it on the chin.”

Hackney Council and Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, have been contacted for comment.

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