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Redruth-based Richfords Fire & Flood was called into action over the Christmas period to help bail out a renowned museum in soggy Surrey.

Aviation and motorsport attraction, Brooklands Museum, found itself under a foot of water at Christmas after heavy downpours caused the River Wey to burst its banks.

The insurers put a desperate call through to Richfords on Boxing Day to get crews to start dewatering the museum buildings and then to dry them out.

The flooding came just ahead of a major event at the site planned for New Year’s Day, with up to 1,000 vehicles and 5,000 visitors expected.

Richfords business development director, Michael Cooper, said: “Some of the buildings had to be pumped out with our submersible equipment to drop the water level.

“On top of that, we have been carrying out a major cleaning and sanitisation project at the same time. Lastly, we have brought in dehumidifiers to dry out the affected buildings.”

Not surprisingly, Richfords is currently carrying out a number of operations across its home territory of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, as the south west battles against some of the wettest weather in years.