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Severe floods in Looe cause disruption to roads and businesses overnight

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

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Severe floods hit Looe last night, causing a ‘nightmare’ for drivers and disruption to businesses.

Floods hit Looe overnight and shopkeepers on Fore Street reported up to four inches of water throughout their premises.

Drivers were diverted through an alternative route on St Martin’s Road, as Sandplace Road has had severe flooding since Christmas according to residents of Looe.

The floods that hit Looe overnight had drained off by 10.30am when the shops reopened.

Lucy Butters of Barbican Road was working at Martin’s Dairy on Station Road at the time of the floods.

Ms Butters said: “The roads have been a nightmare.

“It’s almost like we are a last priority for Cornwall Council because Sandplace Road has been shut due to flooding since Christmas.”

The drains have broken outside the petrol station on Station Road where there is flooding and they are the responsibility of South West Water.

A tree fell onto Barbican Road, which meant the road was closed for two hours while members of Looe Town Council removed it.

Community support officer in Looe, Steve Cocks said Looe suffers with flooding during times of extremely high tides.

Mr Cocks said: “It’s the normal sort of flooding we get at this time of year but we are lucky, it could have been a lot worse.”

Looe harbour master Jeff Penhaligon, said; “For this time of year, it’s normal- it will flood.

“I think it could be bad again tonight and Sunday.”

Supervisor at Pendragon Crafts, Elaine Wakeham of Pelynt said: “The boss of the shop had to pump the water out himself.

“We got sandbags and did everything we could possibly do.”

The gift shop in Looe cannot open because it has carpets that were ruined during the floods.

Cornwall Councillor for East Looe, Armand Toms has been cleaning out the drains himself in the past few weeks.

Mr Toms said: “The flooding wasn’t as bad as it has been in the past but it was still significant.

“Looe Town Council has been cutting up fallen trees and making sure everything is ok.”

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  • wringer  |  January 03 2014, 11:59PM

    could the next person who tells me that the £1.5m spent on the Eden project and the £3,000,000 spent each and every year by Cornwall Council on the airport is money well spent please read this story. The road into Looe was flooded on New Years eve when we drove over there. Its apparently still flooded at Sand Place and now in the town as well. Money has to be spent to sort this out it happens a couple of times a year with devastating effects on the people in the town. This is not a one off. It is a regular and cannot be left to carry on. how the people in this town have the get up and go to carry on year after year I do not know. I take my hat off to them.

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