A COUNCILLOR has been hailed a hero for his efforts trying to help those affected by the recent storms.
Kingsand, in South East Cornwall, was among the worst affected areas in recent weeks, with huge waves and high seas battering properties – forcing some to be evacuated from their homes.
The village's iconic clock tower was also left in danger of collapse. Now residents have praised the work of independent Cornwall Councillor for Rame, George Trubody, for helping to evacuate those living on The Cleave.
Mr Trubody said: "I am humbled and honoured that the residents have put me forward for this recognition. I was just doing what had to be done and looking after the local community."
The storms left numerous properties damaged, with shutters smashed and doors broken.
Claire Wallerstein, a resident of The Cleave, fled from her house when the waves hit. Ms Wallerstein, a mother of two, said: "George totally is a hero – he deserves an award as he was absolutely fantastic. He risked his life to rescue people and he went beyond the call of duty."
Two properties in Kingsand remain off limits, with one tenant of West Rock now living with his family, after the storms destroyed his house. Mr Trubody, who helped rescue the man and his daughter from the property, said all the radiators were hanging off the walls and rooms were flooded.
"There was a huge hole in the roof and there were three-feet waves coming through the hallway down the stairs," he said.
"That was really frightening stuff – the tenant's daughter was so shaken and frightened.
"People don't quite realise the destruction that takes place down there and it's so lucky that everyone ended up so safe because it could have been much worse.
"It was like some scene out of an action movie, it was so surreal – we were going from one disaster to the next."
Radio communication problems meant that the operation became even more challenging and Mr Trubody said he had to run to relay messages. He described the moment they had to save a man who was isolated right on the waterfront.
He said: "The flooding was so high that we had to get them out of the window.
"The actual waves were too big for the Land Rover – we were waist-deep in water and the fire brigade had to get them; they had to run through the waves."