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Military called in and crisis centre opens in Cornwall as poor weather sweeps across the county

By WBJLock  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

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The military has been called in to help distribute sandbags in Cornwall as weather conditions grow steadily worse across the county.

A crisis control centre run by Cornwall Council will also open today to provide a co-ordinated response to the severe weather conditions across the county.

The multi-agency Silver Control centre will become fully operational from around 4pm today as strong winds and heavy rainfall are forecast.

A “skeleton” Silver Control has been in place throughout the day to monitor the weather conditions and respond to any incidents.

Silver Control will be led by a representative from Devon and Cornwall police, supported by the Cornwall’s Duty Director Nick Fripp and David Owens, Head of the Environment Service.

Geoff Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities said: “All the agencies are busy preparing for this latest episode of severe weather. We are encouraging people to take the normal precautions and also to stay away from coastal areas so they do not hamper emergency services responding to incidents.

“I would also like to praise the efforts of local communities who are showing great resilience in the face of considerable challenges.”

Around 10 – 15 mm of rain fell across Cornwall this morning, causing surface water flooding on many roads, with the strong winds causing fallen trees and cables.

There were also reports of four properties being flooded as a result of run off from fields in the Treluswell area and minor landslips in Lostwithiel and Trewidland.

The A30 was also closed for a short time this morning as a result of surface water flooding.

Although the period of intense rainfall has now moved away from Cornwall, the latest forecast is suggesting heavy and squally showers with the risk of localised hail and lightening this afternoon.

The winds will also be strengthening to severe gale force during the afternoon, with the possibility of gusts of up to Storm Force 10, at the same time as moving to a south westerly direction which will affect the South Cornwall coast.

Agencies will be closely monitoring the situation across the whole of Cornwall over the next few hours, with particular areas of concern including Porthleven, Mullion, Penzance, as well as the coastline from Land’s End to Kingsand and Cawsand.

Sandbags are being distributed in the four areas identified as being at the greatest risk of flooding, with support from the police and the military.

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