The Prince was visibly affected as he viewed the devastation caused by Monday's rainstorm and spoke with residents and rescue crews
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Charles, who said he felt "desperate" to have seen so much destruction, later made a hefty donation from his personal fortune
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19 AUGUST 2004

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The Prince of Wales toured the flood-ravaged village of Boscastle in Cornwall on Wednesday, and promised to donate funds from his personal fortune to help rebuild the scenic tourist destination.

Charles was visibly affected as he witnessed the damage wreaked by Monday's torrential rains, estimated to be in the tens of millions of pounds. "I feel desperate to have seen so much devastation," said the heir to the throne, who later made a "substantial donation" to Boscastle from his Duchy of Cornwall estate.

After examining the aftermath first-hand, the Prince expressed his heartfelt sympathy to the victims of the floods, and his "debt of gratitude" to the brave rescue crews who responded to the call of duty.

"Having met so many people from the local community today, all I can say is how much admiration I have not only for their astonishing resilience, but also for the selfless and remarkable way in which they have dealt with this disaster," he said. "I do hope ways can be found in which we can help people to recover from this awful experience and to rebuild their lives and homes as quickly as possible."