Region takes a soaking
FLOODING caused widespread disruption across Devon and Cornwall, which bore the brunt of the country's relentless rain.
One young woman was killed by a falling tree in Exeter, while water gushed into the streets of several towns and villages in Cornwall.
The EnvironmentAgency had issued 57 flood warnings and 60 flood alerts by last night.
Devon and Somerset fire crews attended 51 incidents involving vehicles stuck in floodwater in 24 hours – and 550 incidents in total over the same period.
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Lostwithiel, Mevagissey and Newlyn were among the hardest-hit towns in Cornwall. Cornwall Council said the worst of the rain had moved away last night, but an emergency control centre remained in place.
Across the Tamar, vast swathes of Devon were under water, including parts of Exeter, Exmouth, Tiverton and Newton Abbot.
A 21-year-old-woman was killed when a tree fell on her tent in Exeter, and two others were injured.
First Great Western lifted restrictions on tickets after services out of Exeter and Plymouth were initially cancelled, leaving thousands to resort to replacement buses.
Network Rail spokesman James Davis said engineers were working to clear water-logged tracks into Tiverton and Liskeard.
"Water has flooded the lines and the clear instruction from Network Rail is it is not safe to drive a train through," he added.
Police closed dozens of major and minor routes to traffic, leaving some of the worst-hit communities isolated.
The M5 motorway junctions 25 and 26 were closed after flooding and the A30 into Honiton was also blocked.
North Devon was virtually cut off for a time on Saturday when its main roads were closed.