Devon

Lynmouth flooding: Service marks 60th anniversary

Lynmouth flood 1952
Image caption Thirty-four people lost their lives in the Lynmouth flooding disaster of 1952

A service has been held to mark the 60th anniversary of flooding in Devon in which 34 people died.

The Lynmouth floods of 1952 happened after 9.1in (23cm) of rain fell on Exmoor in 24 hours, sending water and rocks crashing through the village.

Service organiser Sharon Hobbs said: "It happened at a time when multi-media did not exist and everyone was caught totally unaware."

An open-air service was held the Manor Green at 14:00 BST.

In the flooding on 15 August 1952, seven people were also killed in other Exmoor villages which felt the destructive force of floodwater pouring down narrow valleys.

Fatalities were registered in Parracombe, Filleigh, Simonsbath, Withypool, Exford, Winsford and Dulverton.

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