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LIVE: Cornwall floods cause landslides, road closures and river flood alerts

By Jo_Wood  |  Posted: March 22, 2013

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Road update: The A387 in Loee is still closed and the A394 at Breague still has surface flooding.

The A39 at Playing Place roundabout has re-opened.


The A39 at Kilhampton and A389 at Sladesbridge have both re-opened.


A crash on the A39 Truro to Falmouth Road has caused chaos for rush-hour drivers.

The multi-vehicle crash is understood to have taken place on the A39 near the Playing Place roundabout.

Read more here.


-Flood ALERTS remain in place for: River Fowey, Tamar, Rivers Looe and Seaton, Helford and Fal Rivers, St Austell and Par Rivers, West Cornwall Rivers (at Lands End, Helston, Crowlas, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne and Perranporth), North Cornwall Rivers (at Newquay, Padstow, Wadebridge and Sladesbridge, Bodmin and Camelford)

- Weather WARNING: Still at amber 'be prepared' for Cornwall

- A body has been discovered following a BUILDING COLLAPSE in Looe

- A woman has died after being thrown from her car and trapped under a van in a crash on the A39 near Kilkhampton

- ROADS CLOSED: A39 Kilhampton, A39 at Playing Place, A387 in Looe

- ROADS BLOCKED: A389 Sladesbridge, A395 at Breague.


A body has been recovered from a building in Looe which partially collapsed this morning following a landslide. Read the full story here.

See a video of the scene of the building collapse:

St Martin’s Place and Sandplace Road in Looe remain closed this evening following the landslip.

The Council is working to re open St Martin’s Place as quickly as possible and hopes that it will re-open under traffic light control over the weekend. Highways crews have also been working to suspend road works in the town where ever possible to help improve access. The town remains open for business.


A back road used as a rat-run in Truro has been flooded in the torrential rain.

Coosebean Lane is used by drivers looking for a short-cut from the city centre to Treliske.

But now the lane is in up to 18 inches of water after severe rain in the area.

Mark Nicholls, who lives nearby, said: “It’s been blocked for the best part of a year but at the moment it’s really bad.

“The cars are still going through but you cannot walk through. They need to clear out the drain and let it flow off.”

The A374 at Torpoint has been re-opened.


Cornwall Council has issued a statement asking anyone affected by the flooding in Cornwall since yesterday to get in touch.

They say the information will "help to identify the reasons why some areas were affected and others were not and look at how this can be prevented, or the impact reduced, in future."

Council officers will also be able to offer advice to homeowners who were affected by yesterday’s flooding on steps they can take.

You can email details or photos of flood affected properties to cornwallflood@cornwall.gov.uk or call 0300 1234 100.


A woman has died after being thrown from her car and trapped under a van in a crash on the A39 near Kilkhampton this morning. Read the full story here

A woman in her 60s is still missing after a building collapsed in Looe this morning. Read the full story here.


Roundup of flood incidents in Cornwall so far:

- Flood WARNINGS in place at River Tresillian at Ladock and River Cober at Helston.

- Flood ALERTS at lower, middle and upper River Tamar, River Fowey, Rivers Looe and Seaton, Helford and Fal Rivers, St Austell and Par Rivers, West Cornwall Rivers and North Cornwall Rivers.

-Roads CLOSED: A39 at Kilhampton, A387 in Looe

-Roads partially blocked: A374 in Torpoint, A38 in Landrake and the A394 at Breague.

- SERIOUS RTC: On A39 at Kilhampton where a woman was trapped under a van.

- Looe HOUSE COLLAPSE: A woman in her 60s is still unaccounted for and police sniffer dogs are on the scene at Sandplace Road.

- WEATHER WARNING: Still at amber 'be prepared' for most of Cornwall, but rain due to move away from the Duchy throughout the afternoon.

12.30 PM UPDATE:

The A30 at Landrake is now cleared after an earlier fuel spillage.


The latest forecast from Exeter-based weather agence, the Met Office, suggests that the worst of the weather has now moved away from Cornwall, although there is still the possibility of some intense local showers.

Specialist search and rescue crews from the fire and rescue service are still in Looe where an elderly resident of a collapsed house is still missing.

The building needs to be stabilised before they can enter the property to carry out a search.

A council spokesperson said: “This is a very tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing woman.

"The Council is working with the emergency services and the Health and Safety Executive to carry out a thorough investigation into the cause of the landslip”.

There are reports of a collapsed wall at Dockacre Road in Launceston. Fire and rescue and highways crews are at the scene.


See a map of flood-related incidents across Cornwall:

View Floods in a larger map


Flooding on the A30 at Redruth has now subsided.

The A387 in Looe is still closed because of a house collapse, and the A39 in Kilhampton because of a serious road crash.

The A374 in Torpoint has been blocked from a fallen tree and there is still flooding on the A394 at Breague.

Police sniffer dogs have joined the search for a woman in her 60's who is unaccounted for following a house collapse in Looe.


A cleanup operation is beginning in Heamoor after the west Cornwall village was once again hit by flooding.

Residents said it was one of the worst onslaughts they had suffered with many still counting the cost of constant flooding over the past few months.

Heamoor and Gulval county councillor Mario Fonk said he had never seen so much water swelling into the streets.

"It was a heck of a night," he said.

"It was like a sea of water and I have never seen it this bad."

The water pooled around Main Street, Rock Terrace and Chapel Road and was said to be inches from the doorway of newsagent Heamoor News. Fire crews were called in to help local people to barricade their homes and also try to pump the rising floodwater away.


A woman is missing following a house collapse in Looe.

Susan Norman, who is in her 60s and is a resident of the property, is unaccounted for at this time.

Specialist fire search team offciers and police sniffer dogs are on the scene in order to carry out a search of the building.

Emergency services have been on the scene at Sandplace Road in Looe since 5.45am.

A building comprising of flats has partially collapsed following a landslide at the rear of the property.

Approximately six other properties in the street have been evacuated as a precaution and the Guildhall is being used as a temporary shelter.

Road closures include the B3253 and the A387 and diversions are in place at this time.


A woman is trapped under a van following two-vehicle crash on the A39 near Kilkhampton. Read more about this incident here.


The Friday market in Penryn has had to be moved to from the Temperance Hall to the Town Hall as rain water got into the boiler and blew the electrics.

The town council which manages both buildings said water is also getting in the clock tower, which is part of the town hall, and are warning people to be careful. The market runs 10am until 1pm.


The A39 into Falmouth now clear at Perranarworthal and traffic moving well.

There is still a lot of standing water outside Cross Keys in Penryn and at the bottom of Arch Hill by the Pirate Paintball/Mill Lane junctions.

There is water flooding off the fields across the main road from Tresillian to Truro, Woodcock Corner.

There is flooding on the A392 at Quintrell Downs in Newquay.


The Environment Agency are predicting that between 14mm and 22mm of rain is likely to fall across Cornwall between now and 10 am, the heaviest of which is expected to fall south of the A30.

This is likely to create surface water flooding and the possibility of landslips.

The rainfall levels will then decrease, with drier weather expected in the afternoon – although there will still be the possibility of intense local showers.

Flood warnings remain in place on the rivers Cober, Bolingey and Tresillian.

The A39 at Kilkhampton remains closed in both directions following the serious accident this morning and is likely to remain closed for some time.

Emergency services are currently on the scene on the incident at Looe where a landslip has caused the partial collapse of a property at Sandplace Road.

Around 15 people have been evacuated properties in the close vicinity.

Evacuees were initially taken to the police station but have now left to stay with friends and relatives.

The Looe branch line has been shut as a precaution and specialist officers from the Council’s building control service and a geotechnical engineer from Cormac are on the scene to assess the stability of the property and the surrounding land.


Rain continues to fall as Cornwall remains on an amber 'be prepared' weather warning.

The Environment Agency have put many rivers on flood alert- especially in the west of Cornwall- where another 50mm of rain is expected to fall this morning.

A house has collapsed at Sandplace road , Looe.

Residence have been evacuated and fire crews and police are in attendance.

Roads have also been affected, leading to disruption to the morning commute.

Three roads are currently closed:

The B3287 between Tregony and Grampound, where there are two abandoned cars, Hillhead at Penryn which has been affected by a landslip and Cathaebedron near Carnhell Green, in West Cornwall which has been affected by flooding.


READ ALSO: Newlyn floods after river bursts its banks as authorities deal with widespread flooding in Cornwall.

After a night of widespread flooding in Cornwall, an amber 'be prepared' weather warning remains for much of the Duchy today.

The Environment Agency have issued flood alerts for River Tresillian at Ladock, Bolingey Stream from Bolingey to Perranporth, River Cober At Helston, and all west Cornwall rivers at Lands End, Helston, Crowlas, St Ives, Hayle and Camborne.

Last night the Coombe river burst its banks just after 8pm flooding much of Newlyn. Water didn't start to recede there until midnight.

See a gallery of pictures of flooding at Newlyn overnight.

West Cornwall experienced up to 47mm of rain yesterday, with a further 50mm expected to fall today.

A high volume pump was used in Perranarworthal at Stickinbridge to reduce water levels there. The A39 was closed for some of the night but has re-opened this morning.

There is surface flooding on the A30 at Redruth and A394 in Breague, affecting traffic in those places. The A387 in Looe is closed in both directions.

Have you been affected by the floods? Send your pictures to jo.wood@localworld.co.uk

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