The lookout station at the entrance to Boscastle harbour, north Cornwall, England, UK

The lookout station at the entrance to Boscastle harbour, north Cornwall, England, UK Stock Photo

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Christopher Nicholson / Alamy Stock Photo

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5315 x 3543 px | 45 x 30 cm | 17.7 x 11.8 inches | 300dpi

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16 June 2015


Boscastle, north Cornwall, England, UK

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Boscastle is a village and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, England, UK. Its harbour is a natural inlet protected by two stone walls built in 1584 It is the only significant harbour for 20 miles along the coast. As well as being a small fishing port it also imported limestone and coal and exported slate and other local produce. A flash flood on 16 August 2004 caused extensive damage to the village. Residents were trapped in houses as the roads turned into rivers: people were trapped on roofs, in cars, in buildings and on the river banks. The village's visitor centre was also washed away. Rescues were effected by numerous Coastguard and Royal Navy helicopter in the largest peacetime rescue operation ever launched in the UK. A total of 91 people were rescued and there were no fatalities, only one broken thumb. Around 50 cars were swept into the harbour and the bridge was washed away, roads were submerged under 2.75 m of water, making communication effectively impossible until the flood-waters subsided. The sewerage system burst, and Boscastle was declared temporarily inaccessible. Today much of the damage has been rebuilt and there is little evidence of the destruction of that day.

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