Flash floods hit Cornwall with 4ft wall of water ripping up roads, damaging FIFTY properties and forcing residents to be winched to safety by rescue helicopters as freak thunderstorms sweep southern Britain.
Emergency services said the first reports of flooding came in from the village of Coverack around 3.40pm, before a major incident was declared at 5.20pm as at least seven people were trapped, including six on a rooftop.
At least 50 homes have been affected by the flooding, though no injuries or fatalities have been reported, a council spokesperson said. Two have been rescued from house in Coverack by Coastguard helicopter this evening. The UK Coastguard said that they have sent three Coastguard search and rescue teams to the area to assisting Cornwall Fire and Rescue service.