Determined volunteers battling to save their club from the  flood waters watched helplessly  as a boat sank on the River Dee.

Business owners, pub landlords  and home owners watched anxiously as water cascaded towards their doorsteps as the River Dee burst its  banks during high tide today.

Customers were stranded in the Blue Moon Cafe and the staff at Boat  House were left facing a massive  clean-up as water flooded The Groves  and Meadows rushing past sandbags  into the pub.

And rowers from Chester Rowing  Club, who raced to their boat house  to protect their much-loved club,  watched in disbelief as a boat gradually capsized as the flood waters  rose.

Gerald Hearty and Martin Bailiff of Chester Rowing Club place sand bags outside the club's doors as they prepare for more flooding at the banks of the River Dee
Gerald Hearty and Martin Bailiff of Chester Rowing Club place sand bags outside the club's doors as they prepare for more flooding at the banks of the River Dee
 

“It was short of an anchor chain, it  tipped and tipped and then it was  almost gone, said Martin Bailiff, facilities manager for the Rowing Club,  who came down to secure the club.

 “I came down straight after work after the captain gave me a call. It  came up as high as the door, the jetty  seems to have survived pretty well  but it is meant to be even higher  tonight.”

The team of rowers raced out of  work to help protect their

And deputy manager at the Blue  Moon Cafe, Simon Tayman, said the  boat had to be cut free to stop it  completely sinking as the water  rushed by.

“It was going, going, and then it was  gone. We were all watching, there  was nothing we could do,” said Mr  Tayman, who said the flooding was  the worst he had seen in two years.

“The water came up to the last step,  we had four sandbags, we were  judging how high the water got by  how much we could read on our  sign.”

Simon watched as workers cut  the  mooring line off the boat in an attempt to stop it totally capsizing,  which caused many of the other  boats to float out towards the middle  of the river.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was surprised that during the worst of it the  bin men still came. They sprayed  water everywhere.”

It is unclear who owns the boat,  which has been left submerged in the  River Dee.

A gallery of photographs from the flooding on Thursday, December 5.