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Drivers rescued from flood water


Several people have had to be rescued from vehicles caught by floods

A number of people have been rescued from their vehicles after becoming trapped in floodwater in incidents across Devon and Cornwall.

Three flood warnings and a number of flood watches remain in place after both counties were battered by heavy storms.

Winds of 60mph (96km/h) and up to 2in (50mm) of rain have been recorded.

A man was taken to hospital with neck injuries, power lines were damaged and sports pitches closed.

The man was injured after the branch of a tree fell on to his lorry at Denham Bridge, Bere Alston, Devon.

The river had virtually burst its banks, fields were flooded and the road submerged under two or three feet of water
John Henderson, BBC reporter

A lorry became stuck in rising flood water near Tiverton, mid Devon, after a river burst its banks.

The driver was stuck in his cab and had to be rescued by fire crews using a tractor.

BBC South West reporter John Henderson said he witnessed a van driver ignoring signs saying the Dunkerswell road near Honiton, Devon, was closed and driving on regardless.

The vehicle then became trapped and the driver had to climb into the cab of a pick-up truck which had come to his aid.

"The River Otter had virtually burst its banks, fields were flooded and the road was submerged under two or three feet of water," Mr Henderson said.

Nearby, Sue Hurst's car broke down after it car started filling with water on her way back to the village of Hemyock:

"I'd come this way at half-past ten this morning and I got through perfectly all right," she said.

"I went to go back and I got stuck in the middle of the flood and two very kind gentlemen pushed me back out."

Southleigh, East Devon (Pic: Peter Pringle)
Fire crews are on standby to pump out flooded houses

In Cornwall fire fighters carried a woman to safety after her car also became stuck.

The county's fire service said it had dealt with numerous flooding calls in the centre and east of the county.

Crews were also on standby to help to pump out flooded homes.

The Environment Agency has flood warnings in place on the River Coly at Colyton and Colyford, the River Yarty from Yarcombe to Axminster and the River Exe from Tiverton to Exeter.

There are flood watches on a number of other rivers in Devon and Cornwall.

Winds of more than 60mph were recorded on headlands near Torbay in Devon.

Bodmin Moor, in Cornwall, was the wettest recorded place in the UK on Thursday, with more than 1in of rain falling overnight.

Forecasters expect the worst of the rain to clear, although heavy showers will continue on Saturday.

Exeter City Council said all its sports pitches would be closed for matches and training over the weekend because of the weather.

Region braced for heavy storms
04 Sep 08 |  Cornwall

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