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Christmas on hold as more flooding looms

Villagers walk through flood water in the high street in Stoke Canon Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Christmas preparations will be on hold for many people in the South West as they brace themselves against the possibility of yet more flooding.

Despite a brief respite from the downpours yesterday [Sunday], water levels continued to rise as rain washes down off hills to swell already torrential rivers.

Some will be swapping turkey and presents for mops, buckets and sandbags as they desperately try to clear up and protect their homes from further threats of floods.

There is little let-up on the immediate horizon. The Environment Agency still has one severe flood warning - meaning there is 'danger to life' - in place for the River Cober at Helston in west Cornwall, a town that has already seen residents evacuated from their homes.

They are also pumping Loe Pool lake to minimise the impact on water levels upstream at Helston, but that water levels were still rising.

There are currently 23 flood warnings in place across the South West.

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