VIDEO and PICTURES: Dramatic flooding scenes in Newquay and Crantock
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
This dramatic video shows just how severe the flash flooding hit Newquay and the surrounding area yesterday.
It was sent into us from a resident who had taken the footage on her way to work at around 8am yesterday morning.
It shows floodwater gushing down some steps at the back of the old Woolworths on Marcus Hill.
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Heavy rain poured into homes, businesses and even forced the resort’s minor injuries unit to close due to severe flood damage.
Floodwater gushed through the town’s streets, settling in some areas as deep as three feet.
Fire crews, including those from Newquay Community Fire Station, were scrambled to dozens of incidents to pump out flood water, including in Central Square, Headland Road and Bank Street.
In Crantock, heavy rain caused flooding across the village, with reports of up to 24 inches settling in the centre.
Pictures sent into us from staff at the Cornishman Pub show its beer cellar to be under three feet of floodwater.
Fire crews worked to pump the water from the cellar as well as a further six to eight inches of water from the Post office during the morning.
Many of the village's manhole covers also lifted causing widespread surface water flooding and there was also reports of deep standing water affecting a number of roads in the area.
Chef at the Cornishman, Bartek Zubacz, walked into the cellar to find flood water pouring in.
“It was basically like a river,” he said.
“It was getting so deep we had to turn off the electric in the cellar. It’s happened a few times but this is the worst I remember.”
Residents worked together to prevent flood water seeping into neighbouring properties.
Harry Burdett, landlord at Crantock’s The Albian Inn, was one of those who used brushes and buckets to stop rain water flooding a property opposite his pub.
He said: “The water was spilling up through the manhole. She [the home owner] was struggling so we helped her.”