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Cornwall prepares for another night of torrential rain and floods

By Jo_Wood  |  Posted: December 22, 2012

  • Helston floods. Picture by Keith Richards

Comments (0) After a night and day of torrential rain and floods in Cornwall, the Duchy is bracing itself for another deluge tonight. Cornwall remains on an amber weather warning from the Met Office, with two of its rivers on severe flood warning from the Environment Agency (EA).Send us your pictures of the flooding to jo.wood@northcliffemedia.co.ukMore heavy downpours overnight are expected to bring up to another 15 - 33mm, coinciding with high tides.The River Cober and River Fowey have severe flood warnings, with possible risk to life. About 200 Lostwithiel residents have been encouraged to evacuate to rest centres at the Community Centre on Liddicoat Road and at St Winnow School on Polscoe Road. A high Volume Pump has been mobilised to Lostwithiel to help efforts at River Fowey amid fears flood defences could be breached. Around 25 people have left their details with the rest centres, residents have opted to stay at home for the meantime (as of 11pm Saturday). Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service have received around 215 calls since midnight on Friday, and crews have this evening attended incidents of minor flooding in Millbrook, Looe, Par, Wadebridge and Torpoint. The Council’s Customer Contact Centre remains open.The Par River has a flood warning with 'flooding imminent'.The Lower Tamar River is being assessed and may be given a severe flood warning this evening.A pump is still in operation in Helston where the River Cober broke its banks earlier today.There is still a severe flood warning in place in Helston and there are continuing problems with Loe Pool. Specialist water rescue crews are going door to door to offer assistance and the rest centre at Epworth Hall has been reopened to provide support for anyone who has had to leave their homes.High tide on the south coast of Cornwall is at around 12.40am and at around 1am on the north coast. The 5.5m tide will be thankfully be one of the lowest high tides of the month.A landslip in Mevagissy has been cleared but there are now concerns for a nearby building.A landslide which caused two trees to fell earlier today on Hannafore Road, Looe, has been assessed by an engineer who is assessing the stability of a retaining wall and local spring. The road will be closed overnight, affecting access to 200 nearby homes. A 70ft tree fall across the A387 in Looe by the police station, blocking the road in both directions.Roads affected by flooding are: Hannafore Road; Looe, Church Street, Mevagissey; A39 Perranworthal ( passable with care); A389 Washaway ( passable with care) ; A30 Crowlas (passable with care); A294 Helston (passable with care); Brighton Cross to Ladock; B3257 Downderry and Seaton; A388 Dutson Road; Drayness valley, near Bolventor; North Road, Lostwithiel and the B3304 Porthleven Over 160 properties have been affected including 40 in Millbrook, 20 in Lostwithiel, 15 in Ladock and 10 in Mevagissy.Advice for properties affected by flooding is:- Turn off the electricity supply at the mains, if you can do so safely. - Get out of the water - move family and pets upstairs or to higher ground. - Make sure all electrical circuits are fully dried out and checked by an electrical engineer after the flood, before switching back on. - Do not attempt to turn off the electricity supply while standing in water. Devon and Cornwall Police said: "This has again been a significant and challenging event and the emergency services together with partner agencies have worked hard throughout the night and will continue to do so to respond to calls from the public."Police are advising residents to take all possible precautions to protect their property. Please listen to your local radio and monitor social media for weather updates."Additionally, if you have to travel please plan your journey and allow extra time. Please drive to the road conditions and do not drive into flood water.

-Jo is a digital journalist and editor based in Cornwall working as a Regional Digital Publisher, Devon and Cornwall, for Northcliffe Digital.

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