Cornwall

Government grant for flood rescue teams in Cornwall

Mevagissey after flooding. Pic: John Coates
Image caption Mevagissey was one of the the worst-hit areas of the flooding

Teams of specially-trained firefighters are being set up in Cornwall to tackle any incidents of flooding.

The government is contributing £70,000 towards training and equipment of the new water rescue teams, environment ministry Defra said.

They will be based on the north coast at Bude and St Ives. Other trained units will be in place at St Austell and Falmouth.

Cornwall Council said 2010's floods proved a need for such response teams.

The government said it was important in a large-scale flood that fully trained and equipped personnel could be called in.

About 230 homes and 400 businesses were affected by the flooding which began in the early hours of 17 November 2010.

Mevagissey, Lostwithiel, St Blazey and St Austell were among the worst-hit areas.

People were trapped in their cars and homes by the rising flood waters, which reached up to 6ft (2m) deep in places.

The council welcomed the grant, saying the floods proved beyond doubt the need to ensure that the county's fire and rescue service could respond professionally.

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