Fire fighters and highways crews spend hours on scene trying to divert stream away from flooded cottage

Fire fighters and highways crews battled for hours on Saturday to divert flood waters away from the home of an 85-year-old woman.

The drama at Little Whitehall near Littleham began at around 8.30am when a stream burst into her cottage, with water coming through the floorboards and brick work.

Fire crews were there for some 11 hours. At its height, more than 30 were in attendance plus 10 specialist and pumping appliances from Bideford, Torrington, North Tawton, Wellington and Taunton.

After several efforts to pump out the water and divert it using a boom, highways crews dug a three-foot deep trench across the road to steer the water away from the woman’s home.