Homes and properties were also flooded in Croyde in the lead up to Christmas
RESIDENTS in Croyde were also flooded during the same Saturday just before Christmas.
Homes and businesses in the centre of the village were affected and the main road was cut off for a short time.
Run-off from the hills caused 6in of flooding in The Manor House Inn.
Landlady Helen Michael said they had lost carpets in the bar area and some chairs and tables, but they managed to save the computers and the restaurant was not flooded.
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She said: "I live above the premises and woke up about 5am and water was in the building. We were lucky it did not flood again at night. It would have been worse."
The loss adjuster from Enterprise Inns visited on Monday to see whether there is any damage to the structure of the building.
David Tebbutt, who runs Croyde Weavers gift shop in St Mary's Road, has got dehumidifiers drying out his property. His carpets were damaged by flood water seeping in from next door.
He said: "The last time we had flooding of this seriousness was in 2004. We have since taken flood precautions. This time it entered our neighbour's property – we have an adjoining wall – and we spent most of that Saturday trying to stop the seepage."
His neighbour, John Catten, reckons it will be another six weeks before his property is dried out sufficiently for him to be able to replace his carpets. He will also need to replace the kitchen, cooker and fridge freezer.
The flooding was caused by run-off from surface water and by the stream which runs through the village. The water came up the lane, into his back courtyard and through the house. Firefighters were called to pump it away. The fire crew was also able to move furniture – which had only been bought two months previously – up to a higher part of the house.
The property was flooded twice: up to a depth of 9in at 4am and up to 4in about 2.30pm. Specialist cleaners arrived at 7pm and worked until 10.30pm cleaning and disinfecting everything, before they started work next door.