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Police deal with record number of incidents during Valentine's Day storm

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: February 15, 2014

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Police recorded a record number of incidents across the region yesterday as the Valentine's Day storm wreaked havoc.

Officers across Devon and Cornwall logged 1,549 incidents in the 24 hours leading up to midnight, many involving fallen trees and debris.

The force’s control room also took around treble the average number of calls, with more than 900 calls being made to the police 999 service.

In some areas the true picture of the damage caused overnight is still not known and police are continuing to receive calls about damage caused to properties and incidents such as gas leaks and damage to telephone and power lines.

Police will continue to work closely with the local authorities, Environment Agency and other emergency services throughout the weekend.

A police spokesman said: “The police experienced a very busy period during the latest storm and although there is considerable damage to individual properties, large scale flooding was avoided.

"The advice now is to be cautious if you have to go out and about. Roads remain dangerous due to surface water, fallen trees and debris and heavy rain continues to fall in some areas.

"We would also ask residents to check on the welfare of their neighbours and continue to monitor the weather forecast and flooding alerts via their local news stations, the Met office and Environment Agency.”

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  • josdave  |  February 15 2014, 8:09PM

    Whatever happened to driving according to the conditions? I was out in the driving rain the other day and some lunatic passed me doing ay least 80 in a 60 limit. The conditions made even 60 dangerous.

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