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String of emergency calls in 24hrs after flooding in Cornwall

String of emergency calls in 24hrs after flooding in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 8:26am 28th October 2019. (Updated at 8:28am 28th October 2019)

Archive photo of flooding on Cornwall's roads

Cornwall's firefighters have handled a string of flooding emergencies in the space of just 24 hours.

Torrential rain caused a river to burst its banks on Friday night, flooding a home at Warbstow Cross.

On Saturday evening, an elderly woman had to be rescued from a camper van that was trapped in flood waters near Bodmin.

"Critical Control received a non-emergency call reporting vehicles broken down in flood water. 

"As a precaution, one appliance from Liskeard Community Fire Station and one Water Rescue Unit from St Austell Community Fire Station. 

"Two flexi-duty officers were also mobilised to take command of the incident. 

"An officer arrived on scene first and had difficulty proceeding further due to the amount of water. 

"When the appliance from Liskeard arrived the crew and the officer proceeding under caution through the flood water in order to locate a camper van. 

"Crews located an elderly female in a camper van, however the elderly male occupant had left the vehicle and made his way upstream to get help. 

"Fortunately the male was located by crews and the couple who were uninjured were taken home".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

In a separate incident, crews from Bude, Launceston and St Austell rushed to help cattle trapped in rising waters.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service issued a warning on Saturday, urging drivers to take extra care in the bad weather.

"Throughout the day Critical Control have been dealing with a large number of flooding and highway calls, as well as handling a number of serious and potentially life-threatening fire calls.

"We would ask that everyone using the road network in Cornwall this evening takes care with surface water and spray".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

You can see just how severe the flooding was over the weekend below...

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