Revealed: The 96 flood-hit Plymouth spots that required firefighters in 2012
FIREFIGHTERS were called out to 96 flooding incidents in Plymouth last year during the torrid winter endured by the South West.
People in areas such as Honicknowle, Colebrook, Gdynia Way and Yelverton all suffered massively as their homes were devastated by flood waters on more than one occasion during 2012.
Figures obtained from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that fire crews attended 30 call-outs concerning flooding at single occupant homes, 12 responding to cars stuck in flood water and dealt with seven water-logged shops in the city.
There were seven calls to student halls of residences – and another two to primary schools.
The 96 call-outs saw firefighters in Plymouth attend to a wide range of flooded properties including a B&B, a factory, a pub and even a caravan.
The pub they had to assist was Colebrook Inn in Colebrook which only opened again this month after being swamped with water on November 22 last year.
Landlord David Mitchelmore had to totally re-fit the building costing him around £160,000 – a sum he hopes his insurance will cover.
Mr Mitchelmore said that he was more fortunate than others in the community.
"We are lucky we have been able to re-pen, which is excellent," he said.
"But we have still got people in the village who have not even got a date for their building work to start.
"These people have been displaced from their homes, families and friends. It must be a complete nightmare."
Calls reporting flooding increased over 300 per cent in 2012 across Devon and Somerset compared to the previous year, with fire crews attending to 882 separate incidents.
A spokesman for the fire service commented on the figures saying: "During periods of adverse weather the service received multiple calls for assistance from a wide area and fire crews worked extremely hard in difficult conditions to help people whose lives were at risk."
He added: "Motorists can help us by not driving through floodwater."