Residents of Hull have reacted angrily to reports emanating from Gloucester that the West County has the best flood in England.
Entrepreneurs in the northern city had seized on the idea of the city becoming an undersea paradise similar to that of the mythical city of Atlantis. A spokesperson for NERO accused Gloucester of deliberately flooding their city in a bid to compete with Hull for the inaugural Undersea Olympic Games.
"It was our idea and they have blatantly copied our actions," fumed said person. "A lot of time and effort was put into this project and if needs be we will pursue the matter in the courts".
Citizens of the watery city met in the Town Hall to discuss the potential of remaining underwater and it was unanimously decided that it was the best thing to happen to the area in years.
"We refuse to see this as a negative" proclaimed one man who had alarmingly sprouted mermaidesque flippers. "There are two sides to every situation and we have decided to use this so called disaster to our advantage".
Councillors have projected that the tourism boost to the local area could run into hundreds of pounds: "People will come from far and wide to see the Venice of England" said the Mayor.
No one from any organisation was available for comment in Gloucester, though some passers by muttered obscenities and one man handled our reporter into a small duck pond.