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Pub opens in time for New Year despite flooding 24 hours before

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.

A video of the flooding through the Exeter Inn


Birnbeck plea for donations to save the pier

Birnbeck Pier are asking people for donations to help restore the landmark, and save it before more collapses.

Richard Griffin, the project director for the pier's Regeneration Trust, told ITV News the next storm could "finish it off", and urged people to donate.

John Penrose, the MP for Weston-super-Mare says the collapse now means plans to restore the pier are more urgent than ever.

Good Samaritan rescues elderly couple from sinking car

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.

From my understanding when he called me just afterwards he injured himself doing it.

He slashed his arms up as he broke the window to get to the couple.

He's a good lad and we're calling Dins a hero.

– Mark Frearson, managing director at APC Overnight's Plymouth branch

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.

One gentleman dialled 999, broke the passenger window and freed them from the vehicle with the assistance of another member of the public who hd also stopped to help.

One of the rescuers was taken to Derriford hospital with minor injuries sustained as a result of his brave actions.

The couple had travelled down to the West Country to spend time with family for the new year period and the selfless act of these members of the public really did make a positive difference – without their intervention the outcome would have been very different. The ambulance service worked with fire and police colleagues at the scene and the only person to be taken to hospital was one the rescuers.

– South Western Ambulance Service

Police also live tweeted the dramatic rescue.


'Only travel if essential' council warns

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 filmed walking on sea wall as huge waves hit

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.

Birnbeck Pier collapses into sea

The walkway has fallen into the Bristol Channel Credit: @ShaneBurney/Timmay Curtis

Part of the Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare has collapsed.

The walkway of the historic structure - the north jetty - has fallen into the sea. The structure was listed in the top ten most endangered buildings by the Victorian Society.

The Birnbeck Regeneration trust has been campaigning to save the pier but strong winds and high waves caused a large part of the structure to fall into the Bristol Channel.

A picture of the collapse was tweeted by Shane Burney:

The Grade II-listed pier - the only one in Britain to lead to an island - opened in 1867. It shut in 1994 and has since fallen into disrepair.

The Trust are now calling for efforts to be made to stop the rest of pier collapsing:

A trust spokesman said the north jetty had taken "a hell of a battering from Storm Frank" and collapsed overnight.

We cannot let this happen to the rest of the pier, so please join our increasingly-urgent campaign to save a unique piece of Victorian history

– Birnbeck Pier Trust spokesman
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