VIDEO: Newlyn floods after river bursts its banks as authorities deal with widespread flooding in Cornwall
Newlyn business owners and residents were battling to keep flood waters out of their properties last night.
Fire crews from Penzance, St Ives and St Just as well as police, who put road closures in place, were on the scene in Newlyn.
The Newlyn Coombe river burst its banks just after 8pm yesterday evening after nearly 5cm of rain fell on the village in 24 hours.
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A crowd of worried residents and fascinated onlookers gathered to watch as the water poured down the village's main street.
In a similar incident in November, when 52mm rain fell, the river burst its banks, sending torrents of muddy water through the village and into people's properties, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Firefighter Shaun Roberts, who was in charge of the response in Newlyn this evening, said people had been more prepared.
He said: "They have learnt from last time so they all have their own sandbags now. That is the first thing the crew from St Ives did was to make sure they all had their sandbags out.
"They are all getting used to this now. There might be a few inches of water (inside properties) but I don't think it is anything like it was last time."
Mr Roberts said about 25 firefighters would remain on scene as heavy rain was forecast to come in over the next three hours.
He added: "We have managed to get officers in position to check the water is not rising and going into properties. I think we are very lucky at the moment that we have not got the rain coming down."
Although onlookers were concerned about high tide, due in at around midnight, Mr Roberts said he had been assured by local trawler men that it should not make the situation worse.
One onlooker, who lives in a cottage on the east side of the river, was nervously looking to see how close the water would come to her property.
She said: "I'm hoping it doesn't rain anymore. We were lucky last time it's just stayed this side (to the west).
"In November the Co-op and everything got flooded.
"I just feel sorry for Aunty May's and the businesses because they are just starting to get sorted and now they are flooded again."
She added that she would be staying up to watch the progress of the flood waters
Elaine Pascoe of Penzance had come to witness the incident after finding out about it on Facebook.
She had been stuck in the Meadery during the November flood.
She said: "It is not as fast this time but then again high tide is not until 12.30am. It is going to get higher."
Mr Roberts advised people to stay away from the area. "We are advising people not to come to have a look," he said. "Stay in your houses because otherwise you are just going to put a lot more pressure on us."
A statement from Cornwall Council said that the fire and rescue service had received around 50 calls between 6pm and 9pm this evening, with around 70 firefighters dealing with incidents across Cornwall. CORMAC and environment crews were also out dealing with incidents.
Other areas affected by flooding include the A39 past the Norway Inn where the fire and rescue service have a high volume pump in operation to help reduce the water levels, surface water flooding in the Roseland area, with the road between Grampound and St Mawes badly affected.
There were also continuing problems in Porthleven, Penzance and the road between Camborne and Praze.
A spokesman said the council had received reports of eight properties flooding across the Duchy.
Rain levels are forecast to decrease over next two hours, with around 8mm to 19 mm of rain expected between midnight and 6am tomorrow morning.
There was more heavy rain forecast for tomorrow and flood warnings are currently in place for the Rivers Cober and Bolingey.
Police later reopened the road letting the first cars through at 23.15 as the flood waters began to recede.
There is the possibility of a further 50mm of rainfall today, creating a significant risk of further flooding.
A spokesman for Cornwal Council said there were reports of around 15 Newlyn businesses being slightly affected last night.
The Environment Agency is warning local residents to take precautions and all agencies are monitoring the situation closely.
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