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Cornwall floods: Coverack wakes up to 'devastation'


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Heavy rain which sent a 4ft torrent of water through a Cornish village has left a “devastating” scene, a fire chief said.About 50 properties were damaged and several people had to be rescued in Coverack, on the Lizard Peninsula, as storms hit on Tuesday afternoon,Water swept through the village, leaving roads in and out impassable. A school bus remains stranded.Emergency services are meeting “to co-ordinate the recovery phase”.

More on the flood, and the latest Devon and Cornwall news.It comes as storms across other parts of the south of England also caused problems elsewhere.Flash flooding trapped people in their homes in Kent as storms and lightning streaked across the south of England.
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In Cornwall, heavy rainfall hit at about 15:00 BST on Tuesday and about 50 properties are thought to be affected by the flooding, but there were no reports of serious injuries.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said its crews attended “multiple flooding-related incidents” and urged people to avoid the area.Stan Harris had been laying slate in the village when the rain began to fall. “We started to hear the rumble and then suddenly I was hit with marbles, hitting me in the face. I couldn’t get out. I was just stuck in a shed,” he said.

“In the end I thought, ‘I’ve got to get home’, so we left and it took me nearly an hour just to go a couple of miles up the road, and everything was hitting me down through the village.”He said he thought his was the last vehicle to make it out of the village. “By the time we got up past the lady we were working for, she said we were probably one of the last ones to get through because then another van floated through. “By the time we got home it was chaos. Absolute chaos.”

A meeting for local residents is being held in the village’s Paris Hotel at 11:30, where Cornwall Council staff will provide “advice and guidance” to those affected. A major incident was declared at 17:20 on Tuesday and the helicopter was deployed to rescue the people trapped on the roof. ‘Devastating’ floodAssistant Chief Fire officer Phil Martin said there was now a “pile of rubble” about “3ft or 4ft high, that goes across about 20ft”. “You can see rubble on the beach and debris that’s been washed down by the water,” he added.He described the flash flood as “devastating”, adding “when I was listening to this incident unfold on the radio I had a real fear that this was going to have a tragic outcome “. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency sent a helicopter from Newquay which rescued two people from a house.

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Source: Cornish BBC