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Dr Paul Abbott's practice in Boscastle became the base for police, fire and ambulance services after flash floods devastated the Cornish village.

Emergency services set up their incident room at the practice, which escaped the flood waters, as it had most working telephone lines in the area.

Dr Abbott, who was on standby until 3am the night of the floods and all the following day, said he was relieved to not have to treat anything more serious than cuts and bruises which had become infected because of sewage in the water.

'The village is wreck-ed,' he said. 'In a way we got away lightly as we were basically hoping they didn't find people dead in cars.

'The adrenaline kicks in and you cope but a lot of people here will be emotionally affected.'

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