Good citizenship awards for flooded Cornish communities

Flooding in Lostwithiel
Image caption The flooding trapped people in cars and homes

Communities in Cornwall devastated by flooding last year have received good citizenship awards.

More than 100 homes were evacuated after torrential rain and gale-force winds caused disruption across parts of the county in November.

Drivers and residents were trapped by rising floodwaters, which reached up to 6ft (2m) in places.

The awards recognised the community spirit shown in St Austell, Pentewan, Lostwithiel, Mevagissey and St Blazey.

Pulling together

Emergency services launched a massive rescue operation to reach towns and villages which were completely cut off by the flooding.

Devon and Cornwall Police said people living in the affected areas pulled together to support their neighbours and help to save homes and businesses.

A police spokesperson said the good citizenship awards recognised the strong community spirit "evident in the midst of the mayhem" and during the extensive clean-up operation which played a big part in the recovery process.

Image caption Mevagissey was one of many areas flooded

On Friday evening each parish or town council received the awards on behalf of its community.

The ceremony, in St Austell, was also attended by representatives of Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency, South Western Ambulance Service and Cornwall Council.

Landslides caused by the torrential rain disrupted train services in and out of Cornwall and an emergency shelter had to be opened at Polkyth Leisure Centre in St Austell.

Debris in the swollen river caused damage to the old bridge in Lostwithiel which had to be closed until engineers established it was safe.

Severe flooding also caused damage costing thousands of pounds to the Eden Project and forcing the tourist attraction to close for several days.

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Media captionAerial pictures show some of the flooding in Mevagissey

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