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Cornish community pull together after floods

Wed 19 Jul 2017
By Eno Adeogun

The clean-up operation has begun across pockets of the country after localised flooding caused by thunderstorms brought destruction to communities.

The southern Cornish village of Coverack faced hailstones the size of fifty-pence pieces that broke windows before intense rainfall led to houses and the main road into the village being damaged. 

Rev Peter Sharpe, whose parish includes St. Peter's Church in Coverack told Premier how some of his parishioners had been affected.

During News Hour he said: "Some have had property damaged and an element of flooding.

"I saw someone this morning - lost their back-garden. Their royal tank has been washed down -several people like that in the main sort of river valley and in the centre of the village."

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Some residents had to be rescued by helicopter.

Council leaders have pledged "money won't be a problem" to repair the worst-hit areas, including Coverack.

Rev Sharpe told Premier that the community is pulling together at this time: "People are helping. There were visitors on holiday there, mucking in, cleaning out the mud and washing things up -amazing."

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Other communities remain on standby, with the threat of further heavy downpours and the risk of disruption to power networks from lightning strikes.

A yellow weather warning is in place through the day for large swathes of England and Wales, with the Met Office predicting a month's worth of rain could fall in some places in a matter of hours.

Listen to Rev Peter Sharpe speaking with Premier's Tola Mbakwe:


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