BUSINESSES and motorists were affected in Penryn this morning after a main road was flooded, leaving staff at one company to be ferried to work in an inflatable boat.
Water lapped up against the windows of the Sweat Dreamzzz bed shop and caused flooding in the workshop and classroom of Seaways dive centre.
Many businesses were not affected as they were set back from the road or on a first floor.
Traffic flowed slowly during rush hour this morning, with many motorists driving in the middle of the road, where the road level is highest, to avoid the flood.
Seaways owner Gordon Fairhurst said the flooding was the worst it had been in 12 years.
“It is a perennial problem because if it rains hard in Penryn all the water runs down here and under the shop and drains into the river.”
He added that this morning the river level was so high that the drains overflowed, causing flooding on the road.
Dive centre manager John Adams said water did not breach the main shop, but the workshop and classrooms were affected.
He said: “It was interesting, shall we say. The carpet was floating in four few inches of water. The stud walls may be affected.
“We also have air compressors, which are fed by electricity. We are not going to test them out for a while.
“It’s quite funny, as we’re a scuba dive shop, so we just got tested.”
He added that next door at Falmouth Divers, staff were being ferried to work in a small inflatable dinghy.
No-one from the business was available for comment.