A FREELANCE photographer from Ashbourne has spoken of his journey into the eye of the storm, after returning from North Devon to take pictures of the recent coastal flooding.
Rod Kirkpatick, from Belper Road-based news and corporate photography service Fstop Press, spent the night in Ilfracombe, North Devon, to ensure he could be out early photographing the predicted floods that were due to arrive on Friday.
From his hotel in an Ilfracombe Harbour, Mr Kirkpatrick set out in the early hours to watch the high tide - which was predicted to bring with it a storm surge caused by the high winds and rain.
From Ilfracombe, Mr Kirkpatrick headed towards the village of Lee where he found a holiday cottage among the homes flooded and then followed the storms as far as Instow, where a sea wall had collapsed.
The 43-year-old, who sells pictures to newspapers and news websites, told the News Telegraph: “Thankfully it wasn’t as bad as everyone thought it would be but then I’ve been visiting North Devon since 1976 and it’s the highest I’ve ever seen the sea.”