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Storms leave £14 million trail of destruction

By WBMiles  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

The storms have left a £14 million trail of destruction in Cornwall.

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The ferocious storm that is battering Cornwall has left a trail of destruction that will cost the county more than £14 million.

Cornwall Council said the latest bill for dealing with the extreme weather was rising by the hour as gales continued to slam into the county.

Power cuts plunged homes into darkness and trees uprooted by 80mph winds caused chaos on the roads. Coastal communities from St Mawes to Perranporth faced the wrath of giant waves flooding the streets.

The train line between Cornwall and the rest of the UK has been smashed by the storms leaving the county cut off.

The leader of the council, John Pollard, is demanding immediate action from central government to help get Cornwall back on its feet.

He said: “As a result of the recent storms some communities across Cornwall have suffered significant structural damage which will cost millions of pounds to repair.

“Council staff are doing a superb job offering practical support and protecting people and the infrastructure but the growing list of damage means that we need the assurance that the Government will help.”

Mr Pollard said the county could not afford any interruption to the vital rail link and asked the Government to act now to ensure repairs were carried out immediately.

Cornwall Council said the bill for repairs stood at approximately £10 million with the cost of providing repeated emergency response standing at approximately £4 million.

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  • break  |  February 05 2014, 5:59PM

    I'm all for councillors demanding action from central government,but things will be harder for us when this storm is over because we won't have the money to repair everywhere.We were poor before this storm,we're definately be poorer after,I hope the council keeps the pressure on government when the storm ends.We could do with some publicity about how hard things are for us down in Cornwall.

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  • simondo9  |  February 05 2014, 5:28PM

    Mr Pollard I read also mentioned that he was concerned that the vital link to the Isles of Scilly is maintained by sea and air - Now the Scillies did have a vital link in place at the Penzance heliport. I'm not sure if Mr Pollard was working for CCC at the time or is aware but Cornwall County Council happily binned that 'vital link' with no fuss or forethought in favour of Sainsbury's building yet another 'vital' shop for Penzance - so that vital link was not so important after all. CCC has also I believe thrown money amounting to millions away investing in some of its councillors ego dreams for Penzance harbour. Money that could of been so much more wisely invested in maintaining our boring old existing infrastructure such as our harbour walls. No doubt these will soon be left badly in need of repair and blamed on anything but the councils lack of investment. Will these people who are supposedly working in our best interests and on our behalf ever actually stop to think in order to genuinely look and learn I wonder.

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