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Flood meeting in Mousehole to discuss plans as winter draws in

By CMJoshBarrie  |  Posted: September 26, 2013

A meeting was held in Mousehole on Tuesday to discuss flooding issues from 2012/13

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A FLOOD meeting was held in Mousehole this week to continue discussions on environmental issues as winter draws in.

At the end of 2012 and the early months of this year the fishing village saw a number of flash floods, which some feel are becoming more common.

 A public meeting was called on Tuesday evening to find out what plans were being put in place for the coming months.

 Members from Penzance Town Council and the Deputy Mayor attended, with representatives from Cornwall Council, South West Water and the Environment Agency also joining in the talks.

 The agency said flooding was caused by the Tumble Tyn and Paul streams and noted because "the catchment has steep valleys and impermeable ground, flooding from surface water is common and there is the potential for flash floods."

Kevin Barnes, a team leader at the organisation, said efforts were being made to prevent more problems.

"We are continuing to work with Cornwall Council, South West Water and others to investigate the flooding that happened in Mousehole," he explained.

"We are working in partnership with the community to help to reduce the risk of flooding in Mousehole and supporting the community in developing a flood plan which will help them to be better prepared for flooding that may affect them in the future."

Sylvia Pezzack, who lives in the village, said officials seemed to be working hard - but added progress has been slow.

"I think everyone is trying to do their best," she said.

"But there was a certain amount of frustration. I don't think things are moving as quickly as they would like but people do know these things take time."

Mrs Pezzack added the Environment Agency had been particularly helpful, though is unsure what the future holds.

At the beginning of the year a similar meeting was held to feedback problems and look at establishing contingency plans.

Residents at the time aired their concerns, including poor drain management, damage to properties, sewage overflowing and tarmac being broken up by water pressure.

Cornwall Council said: We are currently carrying out surveys in Mousehole to identify the causes of the flooding and what measures are needed to resolve them."

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