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Coverack couple 'homeless 'till Christmas'

Penny Hammill says the experience has been 'overwhelming'. Photo: ITV West Country

A couple from Coverack who had to be airlifted from their home after it was engulfed in flood water, have been told they won't be able to move back in for at least 4 months.

Penny and Chris Hammill were among the dozens of families whose homes were wrecked when the village experienced four inches of rain in three hours.

The deluge tore up the main road into the village. Credit: ITV West Country

The deluge, on the 18th of July, caused several streams to burst their banks and gallons of flood water tore up the main road into the village as it surged down to the sea.

I do feel overwhelmed, especially in the garden. There's so many sticks and rubbish, everybody else's rubbish came down, all the sticks and a great big tree trunk that broke the greenhouse up and bashed in the door."

– Penny Hammill

The couple have owned their home in the village for 54 years.

They say they have insurance to repair the house, driveway and shed, but will have to re-landscape their beloved garden at their own cost.

The couple have owned their home in the village for 54 years. Credit: ITV West Country

The main road into Coverack has now been resurfaced, and the two damaged car parks repaired.

Whilst some local businesses have been able to reopen, The Bay Hotel remains closed until September.