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LIVE BLOG: Severe weather hits Cornwall as storm approaches

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

LIVE BLOG: Severe weather hits Cornwall as storm approaches
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Severe weather is affecting much of Cornwall this evening with reports of storm surges, flooding and trees being uprooted.

Police are urging members of the public to avoid making any unnecessary journeys due to dangerous driving conditions.

Force incident manager Andy McClenaghan from Devon and Cornwall Police said officers are dealing with numerous incidents across the county.

“During this period of bad weather we are advising people not to make any unnecessary journeys,” he said.

“At the moment, we are stretched to capacity with all the resources we have got on duty.”

Earlier this evening the Tamar Bridge was gridlocked and there are reports of heavy traffic coming into Cornwall from Plymouth and around Truro.

Fire crews have been called out to rescue several people who became trapped in their vehicles by rising floodwater in the Callington and Launceston areas.

A spokesperson from CFRS said: “Heavy rain resulted in deep water in some places and a number of vehicles were involved.

“The Service assisted several people from their vehicles to a place of safety.

"None of these situations were life-threatening.

“The Service would like to remind drivers not enter flood water where they cannot be sure of the depth or of a safe exit.”

Update 8pm: The A30 eastbound is closed between Fraddon and Roche while vehicles are recovered following an earlier accident.

Police say the road should be reopened in around 15 minutes.

Update 7.30pm: High vehicle restrictions have been lifted on the Tamar Bridge. There are reports of heavy traffic coming into Cornwall.

Update 7pm: There are reports of a multi-vehicle accident on the A30 eastbound between Fraddon and Roche. One lane has been closed and motorist are being advised to take care in the area.

At 5.30pm emergency services were called to a road traffic collision on the A30 near Bodmin after a car aquaplaned and veered into another vehicle. Police say the road is not closed but are advising motorists to take care in the area.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the River Lynher, covering the Rame Peninsula, Callington, Saltash, Rilla Mill, Pillaton and Landrake

A flood alert has also been issued for the entire North Cornwall coast for this evening amid fears of a storm surge measuring nearly a metre coinciding with high tide.

A flood alert has been issued for the upper River Tamar, covering Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water and Yeolmbridge

The Environment Agency has this evening issued flood alerts for North Cornwall rivers stretching across Newquay, Padstow, Wadebridge and Sladesbridge, Bodmin and Camelford.

An alert has also been issued for the Lower River Tamar, which stretches across Polson Bridge, Horsebridge, Gunnislake, Lifton and Sydenham.

The Environment Agency said on it's website: "A band of rain is forecast to arrive today around 15:00hrs and will clear over night. Rainfall totals of 20mm are expected with the possibility of higher totals of up to 50mm on high ground. River catchments are fairly wet and flooding is possible in low lying areas."

High tide was between 5.30pm and 6pm along the coastline, at the same time the storm was due to set in.

Winds are expected to gust up to 70mph this evening, with heavy rain, making conditions hazardous for travelling.

Fore Street in East Looe has been closed because of falling roof tiles, Cornwall Councillor Edwina Hannaford has said.

She said: "It will be reviewed in the morning. Hopeful that scaffolding will be erected to make roof safe in he morning."

In St Austell, on Porthpean Road near the junction with Porthpean Beach Road there's a fallen tree - approach the area with care.

There are reports that a telegraph pole has fallen down a mile from St Ive, near Callington

A tree is also blocking Higher Lux Street in Liskeard.

A tree has fallen on top of a car and its owner in Mawla, near Porthtowan.

The tree fell on top of a Silver Vauxhall Astra on Mile Hill, Mawla, at 12.45, blocking the road in both directions.

It is believed that the owner was inside the car when the tree hit, although he has not sustained any injuries.

Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Highways attended the scene.

The tree has now been moved to the side of the road, but traffic is still moving slowly.

There are reports of flooding on the A30 at Chybucca at the junction with the B3284, on the A3075 Rejerrah between its juction with the A392 and Halt Road, and on the B3298 at St Day.

Update 7pm: Further reports of flooding at Shortlanesend, on the A38 Glynn Valley and the A39 Truro to Falmouth.

Late-night Christmas street markets have been abandoned in Truro because of the storm lashing the region.

The farmer’s market on Lemon Quay should have stayed open until 9pm but will now close at 3pm today amid public safety fears.

The market that was due to take place on Boscawen Street this evening has also been called off by organisers.

Nigel Ekins, chairman of Truro farmer’s market, said it was only the fourth time in 16 years the market had been forced to close by bad weather.

He said: “The forecasts are for high and damaging winds and leaving these stalls up would be unsafe for the public.”

Mr Ekins said the closure was a tough decision on the last late-night shopping event before Christmas.

“It’s the time of year when everybody was hoping to boost their turnovers,” he said.

A spokesman for the Truro business improvement district confirmed the Boscawen Street market would not be set up this evening.

The spokesman said: “The usual road closures will be in place and there will be scheduled street performers all over the city throughout the evening.

"The only element that will not be running is the street market on Boscawen Street due to the high winds.”

All Skybus flights to the Isles of Scilly from both Land's End and Newquay have also been cancelled for today.

More severe weather is forecast to hit the county on Friday and Saturday.

Please let us know what conditions are like with you by using the live blog below, or by using the Twitter hashtag #cornwallstorm.

 

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 28 2013, 4:49PM

    Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://tinyurl.com/nwcuhv3

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  • BobToronto  |  December 18 2013, 2:20PM

    A Vauxhall Astra hit by a tree? A silver one! General Motors must love the reporter. Must be second rate storm. It did not go for gold. Who got the bronze. I have a GM vehicle but it is coloured brown. It is an Astro van not Astra. I should be safe! I am joking, I think?

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