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LIVE UPDATES: Aftermath of Cornwall storm causing travel chaos

By WBEsme  |  Posted: December 24, 2013

  • Flooding caused traffic congestion at Carnon Downs this morning

  • Flooding near the Wheel Inn, Tresillian, Truro. Courtesy of James Curnow.

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Cornwall is recovering after 24 hours of torrential rain and gale force winds.

Although the worst of the weather has now passed, fallen trees and flooded roads are causing chaos on what is set to be one of the county’s busiest travel days.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were inundated with weather related calls last night, with the service answering more than 100 emergency calls between 9pm and 12am.

Falmouth Coastguard and the Royal Navy were also called out at 7pm to rescue a French yacht which had broken in half in rough seas west of Biscay.

The Met Office’s yellow weather warning for rain has now been lifted offering some respite.

But a second yellow weather warning for gale force winds between 70 and 80 mph has been issued by the Exeter based meteorologists for Friday.

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7.30pm: Although the weather has improved police are still warning drivers to take precautions while driving. There is still water on the roads and conditions remain poor in parts.

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6.30pm: Passengers travelling on the ferry between Plymouth and Torpoint currently face waiting times of of up to 15 minutes, with two ferries running in and out of Cornwall.

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5.20pm First Great Western has said on Twitter that trains between Liskeard and Looe are suspended.

Passengers on their way to Cornwall will also be encountering serious delays due to the weather conditions. The train operator has said replacement bus services in parts are "very limited".

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5pm: The last train out of Cornwall, which left Penzance at 4pm and continues to London Paddington, is currently delayed by around 15 minutes.

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4.30pm: Flooding is still affecting the A388 in Treburley near the Rezare junction. Drivers are being warned to approach carefully.

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3.30pm: Bissoe Bridge in Bissoe remains closed at the due to flooding.

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2.30pm: The B3304 in Porthleven is said to be blocked between Helston and Porthleven, in both directions, because of flooding.

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2pm: The A392 East Road in Quintrell Downs is reportedly closed in both directions due to fallen power cables - said to not be accessible between the A3058 North Way junction and the Colan Road junction.

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11.20am: The A39 Truro to Falmouth road is now passable with care at the Norway Inn. Motorists are reporting that there is still a lot of surface water.

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10.55am: Flights BE802 and BA6170 from London Gatwick to Newquay airport are expected to arrive at midday after missing their scheduled arrival time of 10.15am.

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10.50am: The B3297 Redruth to Helston road near the Poldark Mine is currently closed due to flooding.

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10.45am: The A387 in Looe remains closed in both directions due to flooding.

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10.45: The B3297 near Poldark Mine is currently closed due to flooding.

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10.13: Motorists have reported heavy traffic queuing through Perranwell on the A39 diversion route around Perranarworthal

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10.10: The AA has said that there are four cars stuck in standing water at the bottom of Old Carnon Hill on the diversion route where the A39 is closed.

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9.45: First Great Western have tweeted trains cannot run between Exeter and Taunton because of flooding on the track. A limited replacement bus service is in operation.

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9.40am: Hundreds of homes across Cornwall are still without power following yesterday’s storm.

A representative from Western Power Distribution said 500 homes and business across the county are waiting to be reconnected.

“All of our engineers are out,” she said.

“They will get everybody back on as soon as they possibly can.”

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8.50: First Great Western have lifted all ticket restrictions, allowing passengers to travel on earlier or later services.

They have warned that services will be very busy.

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8.41: The A38 Glynn Valley has reopened in both directions between Carminow Cross, Bodmin, and Twelvewoods Roundabout, Dobwalls, after earlier flooding.

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8.45: Road update:

Newquay Airport Road in St Mawgan near the A3059 junction has reopened after a tree was blocking the road.

Bissoe Road in Carnon Downs between the Manse Road junction and the Blissoe Road junction has reopened after earlier flooding.

The A390 at Highertown, Truro, between Sainsbury's and the Penwerris Road junction has been cleared after earler flooding

The A30 in Zelah near Boxheater Junction has been cleared after earlier flooding.

The A390 in Tresillian near the Heron Close junction has been cleared after earlier flooding.

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8.40: Cornwall and Devon police report taking 150 calls in just one hour last night.

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8.30: There are delays to flights from Newquay airport to London Gatwick. Passengers are being asked to check with airlines for more information.

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7.40am: Many homes and businesses were struck by flooding last night including Streats barbers, Truro, and the Wheel Inn, Tresillian.

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7.35am: The St Mawes ferry will not run today due to bad weather.

The Devonport ferry will run a reduced service.

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7.30am: Reports of turf and dirt on Trafalgar roundabout in Truro. The surface is slippery and motorists are being asked to drive with care.

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7.20am: Latest road updates:

The A38 Glynn Valley is blocked in both directions between Carminow Cross, Bodmin and Twelvewoods Roundabout, Dobwalls, because of flooding.

The A39 in Penryn is closed in both directions between Treluswell Roundabout and the Norway Inn, because of flooding.

The A387 in Morval is closed in both directions at the Morval junction, because of flooding.

The A390 in Tresillian is closed in both directions between Truro and Probus, because of flooding.

The A390 in Tresillian is blocked in both directions near the Heron Close junction, because of flooding.

The A392 East Road in Quintrell Downs is closed in both directions between the A3058 North Way junction and the Colan Road junction, because of fallen power cables.

A30 Cornwall –There have been reports of hazardous driving conditions on A30 in Zelah near Boxheater Junction, because of flooding.

There is flooding on A388 in Treburley around the turn for Rezare junction. Motorists are being asked to approach it with care.

A motorist has reported that the A390 in Highertown, Truro, between Sainsbury's and the Penwerris Road junction road is flooded. Cars can pass, but are being asked to drive with caution.

The A390 Tregolls Road in Truro closed at Trafalgar Roundabout, because of flooding.

The B3304 in Porthleven is blocked in both directions between Breage and Porthleven, because of flooding.

The B3304 Porthleven Road in Porthleven is blocked in both directions between Helston and Porthleven, because of flooding.

Newquay Airport Road in St Mawgan, near the A3059 junction, is blocked because of a fallen tree.

Bissoe Road in Carnon Downs is closed between the Manse Road junction and the Blissoe Road junction, because of flooding.

Bissoe Bridge in Bissoe is closed at the Bissoe junction because of flooding.

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7am: There will be no First Great Western Trains running until 9am.

There will be no South West Train running until 10 am at the earliest due to problems caused by yesterday's weather.

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  • InsidetheEA  |  December 26 2013, 8:17PM

    Environment Agency Flood Defence Assets - Manipulation of Figures - Are they fit for purpose? EA Whistleblower blog explains http://tinyurl.com/o6y5w5r

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  • TheGeofflane  |  December 24 2013, 12:07PM

    I lack the science to know why the Jet Stream is currently so fast, causing our current violent weather, but I'm sure 'man-made global warming' letters will appear in our papers. Perhaps it should be noted there was not one hurricane troubling America in the season just ended. And sea-ice cover has recovered markedly. We are all living in an inter-glacial warming period of violently changing weather. The next Ice Age is thousands of years away, but is inevitable. Maybe we should be more concerned with not building on flood plains and not laying concrete everywhere. The sea at Newlyn has risen just a few inches in a hundred years. Ignore the alarmists, just don't blockpave your front garden. Let the rain soak away. Merry Christmas to you all.

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  • Catyfl  |  December 24 2013, 12:07PM

    🎄well I just want to say thank you to all the emergency services especially electricity chaps in this very difficult time. Please don't whinge folks, they are doing their best and are to be commended for being out and going up poles etc in these horrendous conditions! Merry Christmas to you all.🎅

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