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More flooding and transport chaos for Cornwall as Met Office drops weather warning

By Jo_Wood  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

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Comments (0) Much of Cornwall was yet again battered by heavy rain and high winds last night, bringing more flooding and causing disruption to transport.The Met Office has, however, dropped all weather warnings for Cornwall over the coming days.See a gallery of storm and flooding pictures from Cornwall.The Environment Agency still has the Helford and Fal rivers on flood alerts, with warnings in place for The Lizard, Penryn, Falmouth, Truro, Ladock, Tresillian and Grampound.Lower, middle and upper river Tamar are also still on flood alerts.Two flooded properties in Perranporth were attended by fire crews yesterday evening who removed water with a portable pump.The A39 in Perranarworthal was closed from 4am until lunch in both directions causing traffic chaos for morning commuters. Officers closed the road because of flooding after receiving reports that the river had burst its banks and flooded the road at the Norway Inn and at Treluswell.The road re-opened just after noon.First Great Western are still struggling to stabilise rail services to the Duchy, saying "due to the continued severe weather conditions into Devon and Cornwall we are still unable to operate rail services into these areas. "Customers are advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Services to/from South Wales are also affected with a reduced service."Flights out of Cornwall Newquay Airport, however, have resumed normal service.Further flood advice surgeries will be taking place between 5pm and 7pm tonight at:Isaac House, Tyack Road, HelstonLadock Village HallPerranzabuloe Hall, PerranporthStaff from the Environment Agency, police, Cornwall Council’s localism and highways services, local councils, the voluntary sector and a range of other agencies are taking part in the surgeries which are aimed at helping people learn more about what happened and what they can do next. Representatives from Cornwall Development Company and other business support agencies will also be on hand with advice for businesses affected by flooding.Cornwall Council Trading Standards are urging those affected by flooding to be on the alert for 'rogue traders' and 'cowboy builders' looking to exploit the damage and devastation caused by the recent floods across the county.Previous floods in the UK have attracted doorsteps fraudsters offering a range of flood recovery services and other assistance including tree chopping, garden clearance, guttering, tarmacing and roof cleaning. The results are always in poor quality work, disappearing cash deposits and charging for work not done.Cornwall Trading Standards urge people to be on their guard at this difficult time and to follow five simple steps to avoid being caught out:• Never deal with anyone who turns up at your door without an appointment.• Ask for identification and get comprehensive contact details. A mobile telephone number is not good enough! • Always make sure you get a written quote for any work to be carried out including written cancellation rights.• Only pay after the work has been satisfactorily completed • Check your chosen trader is approved by your insurance company

-Jo is a digital journalist and editor based in Cornwall working as a Regional Digital Publisher, Devon and Cornwall, for Northcliffe Digital.

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