“1952: Flood devastates Devon village
Twelve bodies have been recovered and 24 people are missing feared dead in the flood which has swept through Lynmouth in north Devon.
The normally picturesque holiday village was evacuated early today as troops and council workers were brought in to begin clearing the devastation.
Hundreds of people have been left homeless. There is no water, gas or electricity supply. All the boats in the harbour have been washed out to sea. Four main road bridges have been swept away.
The flood followed yesterday’s torrential rain. In the 24 hours before, some nine inches (22.9cm) of rain had fallen on Exmoor, just four miles (6.4km) away"