West Cornwall hit by flash flooding after heavy rain

Tywarnahle Inn flooding, August 2013
Image caption Fire crews have been pumping out several flooded properties, including the Tywarnhayle Inn in Perranporth

Torrential rain caused flash flooding in Cornwall and forced the closure of a minor injuries unit.

Newquay Community Hospital said flooding had severely damaged two of its three treatment rooms, making it unsafe to continue operations.

In Crantock, two pubs and the post office were flooded and there were reports of deep standing water affecting a number of roads.

Parts of North Devon were also affected, with some roads impassable.

The Environment Agency said it had been especially bad in Combe Martin, Berrynarbor and Watermouth Cove on Monday afternoon.

North Devon Council said it had received reports of some localised flooding in parts of Ilfracombe and Braunton.

The heavy rain meant some manhole covers were lifted by the water and a small number of properties experienced flooding, the council said.

In Cornwall, Helston, Perranporth, Camborne, Newquay and Truro experienced flooding.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning which was in force for the South West until 21:00 BST on Monday.

The Tywarnhayle Inn in Perranporth was also flooded.

Landlord Mike Moyle said: "Last time we got flooded I think they pumped out about 32,000 litres, so it's going to take a while to get rid of this because it's deeper than it was before."

Image caption The landlord of the Tywarnhayle Inn said flooding in the pub was deeper than in November

He said fire crews arrived "within minutes", but the pumps were unable to cope with the amount of water.

The fire service said it had received 20 flood-related calls, while Cornwall Council's highways department said it was dealing with blocked drains and surface water flooding in several western areas.

Joy Robinson, who lives in Crantock, said the centre of the village was under about 18 ins (47cm) of water, all the manhole covers had lifted and firefighters were pumping out in the post office and pubs.

Image caption The rain led to surface water flooding in many areas

"It's devastation in Crantock village at the minute," she told BBC News.

"Everybody's pitching in and nobody's panicking - Crantock is an amazing community so everybody will pitch in to help each other."

Flooding was also reported in Truro, Scorrier, Beacon, Redruth, Portreath and Helston.

Parts of Wales have also been hit by heavy flooding, with alerts in place on a number of rivers.

The Environment Agency issued a flood alert for rivers in west Cornwall, including Lands End, Helston, Crowlas, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne and Perranporth.

It said rivers had risen quickly in response to the heavy rainfall.

Power cuts which affected nearly 3,000 properties in the Probus, Delabole and St Teath areas of the county were not weather related, Western Power distribution said.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites