Flash flooding hits United Kingdom coastal village in Cornwall

Flash flooding hits United Kingdom coastal village in Cornwall”

Emergency services have issued a public plea urging people not to try to drive through the floodwaters which are as high as four feet in some places.

Fire crews raced to the small Cornish seaside town of Coverack amid "multiple reports of flooding" as ferocious thunderstorms moved over the area.

Cornwall Council said a multi-agency emergency centre had been opened at County Hall, Truro.

Torrential rain could cause some localised flooding, and people are being warned of the risk of disruption to power networks from lightning strikes.

Water had to be pumped out of a number of properties in Tunbridge Wells, the fire service said, after it received more than 60 calls to the 999 line within one hour.

Six people had to be winched by a rescue helicopter after they sought refuge from the raging floodwaters on a roof.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency tweeted: "2 rescued from house in Coverack by Coastguard helicopter this eve due to floods".

Karla Wainwright, who works at the Paris Hotel, said: "This afternoon we could tell it was going to get about stormy, then about 3pm it hit".

Ms Holmes said the storm's severity was "bizarre".

'We started off with ginormous hailstones, ' she said, 'and then the heavens opened and, just, floods of water everywhere.

A local business owner, who did not want to be named, said the conditions were "quite horrendous".

"[It was] racing down a little country lane, pouring over the banks like these waterfalls".

The Met Office said it came after heavy thunderstorms and rain in Cornwall and Devon.

Pictures also show the main road into the village, the B3294, has been completely destroyed by the volume of water surging over it.

Describing the speed with which the flood hit, he said: "It was nearly instantaneous".

Another witness said: "I have never seen such big hails".

"It was quite unbelievable really".

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