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Flood warnings across Cornwall as heavy rain hits the county

By CGHollie  |  Posted: May 14, 2013

By Hollie Bone

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Flood warnings across Cornwall as heavy rain hits the county

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Flood alerts have been issued for rivers across Cornwall as the county braces itself for sever heavy rain.

MET office forecasts show between 20 and 40 mm of rainfall is to hit the Duchy from this evening and into the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Flooding is possible, particularly in low lying areas and roads and people are being warned not to drive through any flood water.

Cornwall Council said residents need to be prepared and take precautions where necessary.

A Cornwall Council spokeswoman said: “During the floods which took place in March a number of householders reported difficulties in obtaining sandbags when the heavy rain affected their local area.

“As neither the Council nor the Environment Agency has a statutory duty to provide sandbags, anyone whose property is prone to flooding should ensure they have a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business should they need to. Local communities are also encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help with obtaining flood protection materials.”

She said its Highways and Environment services and Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management services are monitoring the situation closely and are on standby to deal with any problems.

Flood alerts have been issued for rivers across Cornwall, including the River Fowey, with flooding possible in Lostwithiel, The Glynn Valley, Trago Mills and St Neot. Rivers in Mid Cornwall, with flooding possible in Pentewan, St Blazey, Luxulyan and Lanivet.

The River Lynher, with flooding possible for the Rame Peninsula, Callington, Saltash, Rilla Mill, Pillaton and Landrake and the Helford and Fal Rivers, with flooding possible for The Lizard, Penryn, Falmouth, Truro, Ladock, Tresillian and Grampound areas.

Flood alerts have also been issued for rivers in West Cornwall, with flooding possible in Lands End, Helston, Crowlas, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne and Perranporth.

The North Cornwall rivers, with flooding possible in Newquay, Padstow, Wadebridge and Sladesbridge, Bodmin and Camelford.

The Upper River Tamar, with flooding possible in Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water and Yeolmbridge, the Lower River Tamar, with flooding possible for Gunnislake, Calstock, Cargreen, Bere Alston, Morwellham and Cotehele and the Looe and Seaton rivers, with flooding possible for Liskeard, Polperro, Jopes Mill and Hessenford areas.

As a result of the forecast the Environment Agency is advising people living in areas at risk of flooding to take precautions.

Sandbags can be obtained from builders merchants, DIY and hardware stores. Anyone who is unsure if their property is at risk can check on the environment agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the floodline on 0845 988 1188.

For further advice on preparing for flooding visit the environment agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or the Cornwall Council website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/flooding

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