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Storms flood roads, fell trees and cause damage to properties in Falmouth and Penryn.

By WBCraig  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

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A fallen tree rest on the roof of a house in Marlborough Avenue, near Swanpool.

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GALE-FORCE winds and high tides caused chaos in Falmouth and Penryn, flooding roads, felling trees and damaging homes and businesses.

On Monday morning, flooding on Commercial Road in Penryn saw some staff being ferried to work in an inflatable dinghy through four feet of standing water.

The owners of the Castle Café on Falmouth seafront said they feared it could collapse after the weekend’s storm left cracks in the foundations and smashed metal shutters.

The road at Swanpool Beach was shut for three hours yesterday morning, as was the coastal footpath to Gyllyngvase, after the high tide and gales sent a river of seawater on to the road, carrying sand, rocks and other debris with it.

Arriving at the Swanpool Beach Café at 9.30am, supervisor Martin Thomas said he hadn’t seen anything like it in eight years’ working there: “We get pretty rough weather and rough seas, and we knew it was going to be a bit of a mess, but this is the worst I’ve seen – it’s pretty extreme,” he said.

The storm also smashed benches and demolished a life-buoy holder on the beach.

Police said seawater came down the road “like a river” as Cornwall Council contractor Cormac’s staff arrived with diggers to clear it. A five-man Falmouth coastguard team was on hand at the beach, with more at nearby Gyllyngvase Beach, as a safety precaution.

In Marlborough Avenue, a tree crashed on to a house; another fell on a residential property behind Swanpool Lake, blocking a driveway, and a third behind Pendra Loweth in the Goldenbank area.

Flooding of many roads over recent days forced drivers to use diversionary routes.

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