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A pub in Devon will welcome guests for New Years Eve celebrations tonight just 24 hours after it was flooded.
The Exeter Inn in the village of Modbury was flooded for the 40th time in seven years yesterday.
But the owners have praised local volunteers, and say they were able to get the pub open so quickly thanks to the help and support of local people.
Emergency services have praised the actions of a delivery driver who risked his life to save an elderly couple from a submerged car.
The couple were pulled from the vehicle just in time, as water quickly rose around them.
Gary Brewer waded through the chest-high water in Sparkwell to reach the red Renault Clio shortly before noon.
He managed to release the two pensioners from the car - where water had risen within eight inches of the roof - before the fire service arrived.
All three were suffering from hypothermia due to the cold water, and Mr Brewer was taken to Derriford Hospital where he was also treated for cut wrists due to breaking glass.
South Western Ambulance Service dubbed Gary's act "selfless", and said the couple had travelled down to the West Country to spend time with family for New Year.
Police also live tweeted the dramatic rescue.
Devon County Council have warned people to take care and remain vigilant as Storm Frank continues to batter the West.
They've urged people to only travel if necessary, and to avoid coastal and river areas as water levels continue to rise and waves wash over seafronts.
- Don’t travel unless absolutely essential – stay safe and stay home if possible.
- Allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed;
- Drive with care and according to the conditions
- Do not attempt to drive through flood water;
- If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, check to see how they could possibly be helped
People have been filmed walking around the Cobb in Lyme Regis harbour as huge waves come crashing over the sea wall, despite warnings to stay away from the sea.
The region has seen strong winds and heavy rain as Storm Frank hits the UK.
The RNLI are warning people to keep their distance from rough seas.
There's disruption to train services this morning as strong winds bring high waves crashing into the tracks at Dawlish.
There are currently no Cross Country services between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth, and Exeter St Davids and Paignton.
Strong winds have caused a number of trees to fall on roads across the region.
- The A386 at Grenofen in Devon is blocked due to a fallen tree near Whitchurch Road.
- Also on the A386 in Great Torrington a fallen tree has blocked the road at Peters Marland.
- On the A396 Exeter Road in Ashley in Devon the road is blocked by a tree near Narrow Lane.
- The A3072 in Highhampton in Devon is blocked due to a fallen tree and overturned car between Burdon Lane and Staddon Road.
- The A392 East Road at Quintrell Downs in Cornwall is partially blocked due to fallen tree between A3058 North Way and Parka Road.
- B3254 in St Keyne in Cornwall is partially blocked due to fallen tree near Valley View.
Devon and Cornwall Police are warning people to take extra care this morning as strong winds spread across the region - causing trees to fall in some areas.
They say they've already been called out to a number of weather related incidents