Queen guitarist May, 73, said he came home from a day out to “horror in our house”. In a post on Instagram, he said: “The whole bottom floor had been inundated with a sewage overflow – which has covered our carpets, rugs and all kinds of precious (to us) things in a stinking sludge.
“It’s disgusting, and actually quite heartbreaking. It feels like we were have been invaded, desecrated.”
He said his wife Anita Dobson had “a lifetime of memorabilia on the floor of our basement – and most of it is sodden and ruined”.
May said he had recently moved his own “treasured” childhood photo albums into the basement.
“Today it turned into a sodden mess,” he said.
“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.”
May shared a number of videos showing stained floors and wet belongings.
He blamed the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council for the flooding, saying they are “responsible for all the misery that is going on in my neighbourhood tonight”.
In response the Council said “our priority is to make sure residents who have been affected by last night’s flooding have the help they need”.
A spokesman said it had placed 120 residents in emergency hotel accommodation and emergency repairs were underway on Tuesday.
“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.”