South West floods: Man injured in dog river rescue
- 24 December 2013
- From the section England
A man is in a serious condition after being rescued by emergency services from a river in Devon.
The man, in his 40s, is thought to have gone into the River Lemon, in Newton Abbot, to help his dog. He has been taken to hospital by air ambulance.
Elsewhere, properties across Devon and Cornwall have been flooded after gale force winds and persistent rain battered the region.
Dozens of people have also been rescued from vehicles.
About 2,000 homes are without power across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.
Overnight, 200 passengers on board a train from London to Plymouth were stranded for eight hours in Taunton because of the weather.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it had received more than 100 calls between 21:00 and 00:00 and had been called to flooded properties and people trapped in their vehicles.
Overnight, The Wheel Inn, in Tresillian, Cornwall, was flooded with about 2in (5cm) of water throughout the bar and restaurant.
Landlady Alison Bellamy said: "It was coming down from the hill in torrents.
"It was made worse by the high tide and the river at the back had burst its banks."
Tessa Wannell from the Devon tourist attraction Morwellham Quay said half the site was under about 3ft (1m) of water.
She said: "The loss of revenue is pretty devastating. We didn't think the flooding would be this bad."
Ms Wannell added staff had created a walkway out of picnic tables to allow them to get to their office.
Insp Andrew Hamilton, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said the fire service had rescued a "number of people" trapped in vehicles on the A39.
Overnight, a vehicle travelling along Teignmouth seafront was blown on to its roof by strong winds, but no-one was seriously injured, the force said.
'Rail lines closed'
The Environment Agency has issued dozens of flood warnings and alerts across the region.
Firefighters across Devon and Somerset have dealt with 35 flooding incidents, 250 weather-related calls and have rescued 26 people from cars.
A number of roads are closed or blocked because of flood-water or fallen trees.
First Great Western tweeted: "Flooding between Exeter St Davids & Taunton means all lines are closed."
Services run by South West Trains have been affected by almost 30 trees blocking the lines.
At the height of the severe weather, more than 5,000 homes were without power across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.