'Lives at risk' in severe floods in England
Severe flood warnings were introduced early Sunday 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".
He told the BBC: "I was actually in my house and I heard a roar, and just looked outside the window and that was the first bit of water that just, just came down the hill, like a river running straight down the road."
Rail operators said many services in southwest England were disrupted due to landslides and flooding.
The Environment Agency has more than 100 less acute flood warnings in place in England and Wales as forecasters warn that more rain is on its way after days of downpours.
© 2012 AFP