Residents see water rise to one foot
RESIDENTS in Par and St Blazey were greeted with a foot of water outside their homes as they woke following a thunderstorm and heavy rain of Saturday.
Following the downpours, volunteers from Par and St Blazey Community Flood Group and crews from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were called into action after roads began to flood.
Charles Richards, chairman of Par and St Blazey Community Flood Group, said: "There was a thunderstorm at approximately 11.30pm on Saturday and there was some intense heavy rainfall which lasted about 15 minutes.
"That's when we received a call from one of our community volunteers saying water was starting to build up in Station Road."
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Mr Richards said there were reports of flooding on Station Road, Brooks Corner and Bridge Street.
Around 15 volunteers stepped into action to clear leaves from drains and divert traffic.
"Station Road had water over both lanes at one point and water built up on the A390 at Bridge Street which was again, in places, about a foot deep," Mr Richards said.
"We had volunteers who went out to clear the drains of leaves."
A representative from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called in to help but there were no reports of flooding in residential properties.
A spokesman said: "We assisted Highways to clear drains but there was no pumping of private properties."
Mr Richards said the group continued to liaise with the authorities throughout the night to monitor the situation.
"We are able to be the eyes and ears for Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency," he said.
And he praised the work of the fire crews and members of the community who stepped in to help.
"I'd like to say a big thank you to the fire service and our volunteers who helped to clear the drains."