More rain and floods for Cornwall as 60mm fell overnight
There have been 60 incidents related to flooding in Cornwall in the last day-and-a-half leading to numerous road-closures and rail disruption, with more rain forecast for the weekend.
The latest reports from Exeter weather agency, the Met Office, and the Environment Agency say around 60 mm of rainfall fell over night and this morning.
Flood warnings are in place for the Rivers Cober. Hayle, Tresillian, Neet, Upper Tamar, Ottery, Kensey, Mid Tamar and Lower Tamar. There is still an Amber rainfall warning in place until 3pm, when the rain is due to clear from West Cornwall. Friday is expected to be a mainly dry day.
Further heavy rain is expected, however, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday with an average of between 15 to 25mm across Cornwall, and the possibility of up to 30 mm over hills and moors.
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More than 100 members of staff from Cornwall Council’s Highways, Environment and Fire and Rescue services worked through last night.
Teams dealt with around 60 incidents over the last 18 hours, with 50 calls received by the Council’s customer contact centre since 8am.
The main incidents over the last 18 hours include:
Flooding incidents to property and business premises in Tywardreath where there was a small landslip, Mevagissey, Heamoor, Newlyn Bridge, Bugle – Bowling Green, Gunwalloe, St Keverne, Porthhallow, Gorran Haven, Polbathic, St Day, Altarnun, Launceston, Cornish Market Road- Par, Mevagissey where there was a minor landslip and in Lerryn where there were 2 minor landslips.
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Incidents related to surface water flooding on roads affected St Blazey, Trethowell, A30 Canonstown and St Erth, A390 Britannia, B3275 Pentewan (where there is a possible landslip), Seaton, A274 Torpoint, A387 Sandplace, Mullion, St Stephens, St Buryan, Michaelstow, Baldhu Chapel, Townsend / Fraddam B3302 , Coads Green B3257, Leedstown B3280, Glynn Valley - A38, Sladesbridge, Washaway, Fraddon, Stenalees, Quintrell Downs / Kestle Mill, B3280 to Goldsithney off of the Marazion By Pass (A394), Sweetshouse / Lostwithiel, Splatt- Wadebridge, A3078 Tregony to St Mawes, A39 Perranarworthal, Hayle to Leedstown at Fraddam and Polperro.
As well as road closures First Great Western have suspended some services in the Duchy today.
The Liskeard to Looe line has been suspended for the remainder of today due to flooding. Rail Replacement Coaches are in operation on this route.
Par to Newquay services have also been suspended for the remainder of today because of flooding. Rail Replacement Coaches are in operation between St Austell and Newquay.
Due to a failure of line-side equipment affecting services between reading and London Paddington, the Penzance to London line is also experiencing severe disruption.
Anyone whose property is prone to flooding is being urged to ensure they have a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business should they need to.
Sandbags can be obtained from builders merchants, DIY and hardware stores. Anyone who is unsure if their property is at risk can check on the environment agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the floodline on 0845 988 1188.
Local communities are also being encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help with obtaining flood protection materials.