Storms leave £14 million trail of destruction
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.
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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.