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Redruth flooding victims' calls for help ignored, claim

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 10, 2013

  • Flooding at Lansdowne Park, Scorrier. Ref:TRJJ20130805A-001_C

  • Flooding at Lansdowne Park, Scorrier. Ref:TRJJ20130805A-002_C

  • Flooding at Lansdowne Park, Scorrier. Ref:TRJJ20130805A-003_C

  • Ron and Gillian Smith survey the damage done by floodwater at their home in Lansdowne Park, Scorrier.

  • Ron and Gillian Smith with the damage made by flood water at their home in Lansdowne Park, Scorrier. Ref:TRJJ20130805A-005_C

  • Ron and Gillian Smith with the damage made by flood water at their home in Lansdowne Park, Scorrier. Ref:TRJJ20130805A-006_C

  • Ron and Gillian Smith with the damage made by flood water at their home in Lansdowne Park, Scorrier. Ref:TRJJ20130805A-007_C

  • Ron and Gillian Smith pointing to the level the flood water reached at their home in Lansdowne Park, Scorrier. Ref:TRJJ20130805A-008_C

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A REDRUTH couple flooded for the eleventh time in ten years say their cries for help have fallen on deaf ears.

Ron and Gillian Smith say they nearly lost their park home on Monday morning after heavy flooding hit Lansdowne Park near Scorrier.

The retired couple said the sudden downpour sent a torrent down from the A30 to Wheal Rose, where they live.

"We woke up on Monday morning to see the water coming in and there was nothing we could do about it," said Mrs Smith, 68.

"We were trapped in knee-deep water and unable to get out. We had the fire brigade pumping water out and if it wasn't for them we would have lost our home that morning."

The couple bought the mobile home 15 years ago, but since 2003 it has been flooded eleven times and they cannot get insurance against this hazard.

They said they had sought help from Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency but to no avail.

"There are several old people here who aren't as stable on their feet as we are and could fall over," said Mrs Smith, a retired shop assistant.

"We've been in touch with the authorities but nothing has been done.

"We're concerned it may happen again. Most of us who live here and have been affected feel anxious and can't cope. You put your money into your retirement and then you could lose everything just like that. We just want some help from somebody."

Cornwall Council said it had been actively working with the landowner to improve the situation.

Last winter improvements had been made to culverts further upstream and the landowner installed a screen across the site's underground drainage pipe to ensure it was kept free of debris.

A spokesman said: "Unfortunately this is an area which is susceptible to flooding and on Monday the area experienced a high amount of rainfall in a very short space of time which, as with other locations in Cornwall, overwhelmed the drainage system.

"We continue to work to identify options to resolve the issues at Lansdowne."

The Environment Agency said the local authority was responsible for matters related to surface water.

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