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Last Updated: Friday, 3 September, 2004, 09:06 GMT 10:06 UK
Flood-hit coast path to reopen
Helicopter over Boscastle
Many people had to be airlifted to safety during the flood
Most of the popular coast path around flood devastated Boscastle has been reopened, it has been announced.

The storm which deluged the village on the north Cornwall coast caused damage estimated at more than 250,000 to the path network.

The torrent, caused by torrential rain, uprooted trees and destroyed or damaged beyond repair 20 footbridges.

That prompted Cornwall County Council to close the coast path between Bude and Tintagel.

'Substantial boost'

Now the main part of the coast path between Crackington Haven and the harbour area of Boscastle has been re-opened, the council said.

But many paths around Boscastle and Crackington Haven, as well as further inland, remain closed while damage is assessed.

The coast path attracts thousands of walkers to the area each year, providing a substantial boost to the local economy.

The flash flood on 16 August caused millions of pounds worth of damage in Boscastle, where affected villagers have recently been allowed back into their homes to begin cleaning up.

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