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Cornwall due another night of rain after weekend of storms and flooding

By Jo_Wood  |  Posted: November 25, 2012

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Comments (0) Much of Cornwall is still being ravaged by high winds and heavy rain this afternoon, as residents are still counting the costs of last night's storm which flooded many low-lying areas and forced dozens of homes to be evacuated.Exeter based weather agency, The Met Office, still has Cornwall on a yellow 'be aware' weather warning, saying "further heavy rain is expected to affect the area during Sunday afternoon and evening. See a gallery of pictures of the storm which hit Cornwall last night."Given existing levels of saturation, the public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding."The Environment Agency still has a severe flood warning in place for the River Cober at Helston. The agency said "The Severe Flood Warning remains in force because the level of Loe Pool continues to rise slowly. "This could cause river levels to back up into low areas of Helston. "Further rainfall is expected overnight Sunday, with locally heavy bursts. Totals of 10 to 15 mm can be expected across the area, with over 25 mm possible in places. With river levels high and ground saturated, further flooding is possible."The Helford and Fal rivers are also on flood alerts this evening, as is lower, middle and upper River Tamar, including areas in Gunnislake, Calstock, Cargreen, Cotehele, Polson Bridge, Horsebridge, Gunnislake, Lifton and Bude.Flooding is still having a major impact on roads and rails within the Duchy.Emergency services have managed to clear the debris and re-open the A30 at Bodmin today, but the A38 at Saltash is closed in both directions because of flooding.A tree has fallen this afternoon, blocking the A38 at Notter Bridge. Cornwall Council have asked people to avoid the area.Other roads still closed are the A387 at Widegates, the A3071 at Market Square in St Just, and the A3078 in Tregony.The A387 in Looe is closed due to a landslip. Many minor roads have been closed or partially blocked today. Train operator First Great Western said "Due to severe weather conditions we advise you do not travel to Devon or Cornwall unless absolutely necessary."Customers are advised that if they do wish to travel to please expect extended delays to your journey times as limited road transport will be in operation."The fire service, who dealt with over 350 incidents through last night said "The Fire and Rescue Service continues to assist this afternoon with weather related incidents. "Numerous requests for help have been received, predominantly due to flooding, across the County and resources are being sent where assistance can be given."Over the past 12 hours crews from the Council’s highways, environment, and fire and rescue service have been dealing with large numbers of calls about flooded roads and properties and fallen trees. More than 20 highways and environment teams have been involved in the incident, along with fire and rescue crews from across Cornwall. The heaviest rain is now moving away from Cornwall, although the agencies are continuing to monitor the river levels in a number of areas. The main issues being dealt with today include flooding in a small number of domestic properties in Perranporth, Looe, St Buryan and Lostwithiel and a tree which blocked the A38 at Notter Bridge. These issues have all now been dealt with. There was also an issue with flooding reported of a small number of properties at Cawsands. The issue appears to have been caused by popped manhole covers and is being dealt with by the Environment Agency and South West Water. There are ongoing concerns over a blocked culvert and the Environment Agency are supplying sand bags to affected local residents. Read also:Newlyn clears up after flooding damages shops and homesCornwall counts cost after night of storms which brought flooding and devastationA39 remains closed - A30 re-opens at VictoriaCornwall homes evacuated as storm brings severe floodingSend your photos or videos to jo.wood@northcliffemedia.co.uk

-Jo is a digital journalist and editor based in Cornwall working as a Regional Digital Publisher, Devon and Cornwall, for Northcliffe Digital. She previously worked at guardian.co.uk

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