'Lives at risk' in severe floods in England, especially Cornwall
LONDON (AFP) - Severe flood warnings were introduced today as already sodden parts of England were soaked by rain and battered by string winds with emergency services warning that lives were at risk.
Cornwall in southwest England was the focus of fears for life and property as rivers threatened to burst their banks and residents reported surges of floodwater coursing through picturesque towns.
Severe flood warnings - which the Environment Agency classifies as meaning there is a risk to life - were in place in the Cornish towns of Helston and Perranporth as well as in the pretty fishing port of Polperro.
Alan Crockford, a pub landlord in Polperro, said there had been warnings but "nobody knew it would get this bad".