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Landslide hits Pelynt after huge tree topples during storms

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

  • Landslide hits Pelynt yesterday after huge tree topples

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A landslide hit Pelynt yesterday after a huge tree toppled over in the 80mph winds.

A massive tree came down at around 3pm yesterday during the high winds and caused a landslide at West Looe Valley between Duloe and Pelynt at Sowden’s Bridge.

The lane near Oxford Corner was closed yesterday and was re-opened this morning after CORMAC cleared up the mess.

Sue Netherton, a resident who lives nearby said: “My daughter went down to walk her dogs yesterday and cars were waiting to get through.

“About 30 foot of soil came down in the landslide- I think the soggy ground caused the landlside after the terrible weather.

“The soil got really water logged and it loosened the root base around the tree, which just toppled and the soil crashed down after it.

“I think word got round fairly quickly that the road was closed.

“We take it all in our stride.”

The tree fell across the road junction and saw traffic come to a stand-still.

The police were in attendance and closed off the road that it parallel to a river but there was no flooding yesterday.

Mrs Netherton’s daughter Melanie Meredith-Williams said: “The police and council turned up really quickly and they closed the road immediately and cleared the tree very quickly this morning.”

A spokesman for Cornwall Council said: “The landslip was caused by a fallen tree which had slipped down the bank.

“The Cormac crew was on site very quickly and cleared the tree so the road was re-opened.”

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