Ian Kemp, General Manager for North Cornwall, reflects on the Boscastle flash floods which devastated the village a decade ago.
Ten years ago my job took me to Boscastle only once every ten days or so. August 16th 2004 just happened to be one of those days.
I had gone to the village for what should have been a routine meeting with our shop staff. By mid-afternoon the river had swollen to the size of the Thames at Westminster and the shop staff and I found ourselves scrambling up steep valley sides to safety under the watchful gaze of an RAF helicopter rescue crew.