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Newlyn clears up after flooding damages shops and homes

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: November 25, 2012

  • Last night the water level was above this bridge outside Newlyn’s Meadery

  • The fire service on scene in Nelwyn last night

  • Annie Metcalfe, Trevelyan Drew, Talwyn Drew, Julyan Drew, Liz Liston and Tremaen Drew clean up the mess in the charity shop

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The people of Newlyn woke up this morning to start clearing up the thousands of pounds worth of damage caused by last night's flooding.

By 10pm on Saturday evening the whole area in front of the Fishermen's Mission was about 2ft deep in water.

The river by St Peter's Church had burst its banks, sending torrents of muddy water through the village and into people's properties.

A number of shops and businesses were hit including the Co-op, the cellar of the Swordfish, the charity shop and Auntie May's.

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Teams of people were in the affected businesses trying to salvage what they could.

In the charity shop, where  boxes of clothes, books and magazines that had been on the floor were being thrown away, Methodist minister Julyan Drew had a group of six volunteers to help.

"Some are my family, others are just people who walked past and wanted to help," he said.

"So we have had all sorts come in which has been lovely.

"I was down here last night. There was nothing you could do about it, the water was just there and it was a case of if you could see something to save you did."

The sodden carpet had to be removed and Mr Drew said it would probably have to be thrown away.

"Anything that was on the floor is water damaged and you don't know what was in the water so it wouldn't help to dry it out," he said.

"We will have to chuck quite a bit of the stock. It has all given to us and it is a shame."

One Newlyn shop owner described the night.

"All I could think of was Boscastle," he said.

"It was not as bad as that but it was like rapids through the streets and towards the middle it got more intense.

"The river backed up and was going over Newlyn Meadery bridge flooding the road where the cross roads join. It was coming down from there and down Paul Hill so that triangle was where it was worst."

Teams of firefighters were also on the scene evacuating people from the flats above the Co-op.

A rest centre was set up in St John's Hall in Penzance for people in Newlyn who were unable to get to their homes across the flood water.

With more rain forecast this evening and overnight people were worried that the area might flood again.

One resident said: "The ground can't take anymore. It is sodden so I think if it really rains again it will just flood.

"We are just hoping it doesn't happen."

If anyone has any pictures of the flooding yesterday or the clean up today and wants to share them, send them to Johanna Carr by emailing jcarr@c-dm.co.uk.

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