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VIDEO: Cornwall Battles Back The Floods

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12:25pm 24th December 2013
(Updated 12:25pm 24th December 2013)

It is the morning after the storm before - but Cornwall is not out of the woods yet.

Every river in the Duchy is on flood alert.


There are also flood warnings out - meaning it is expected - for the River Lynher, river Cober and Ottery at Canworthy Water.

Although the storm and 75mph winds have dropped emergency services are worried all the rain that has been dumped on Cornwall over the last twenty-four hours is now running into rising rivers.

Fire crews say they had more than a hundred calls for help in the Duchy in just three hours overnight, stretching from Helston to Launceston. Devon and Cornwall Police took 150 calls across both counties in just an hour - usually it is closer to 30.

That included people trapped in five cars as waters rose around them.

One of the most serious incidents was in Helston where there were significant concerns over the River Cober. Fire crews used two main pumps to remove water from the road, including a high volume pump from Newquay and a. second from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service.  

Fire crews also helped rescue a number of motorists who were trapped in their cars in flood water at the A39 at the Norway Inn.  

15 crews from Cormac Solutions Ltd worked though the night to clear trees and deal with surface water flooding on roads across Cornwall. While many roads have now re opened, Cornwall Highways are still advising people to drive with care.

“We experienced some very severe weather in Cornwall yesterday with very high winds and heavy rainfall” said Cornwall Council’s Chief Executive Paul Masters.  ““Staff from the Council’s highways, emergency management and fire and rescue services worked closely with colleagues in the police, highways agency and environment agency throughout the night to respond to the incident and I would like to thank everyone for their hard work”.

Agencies are continuing to advise people not to drive through flood water.  Over the past few days a number of people had to be rescued from their cars after driving though floodwater.  Driving through flood water can also create waves which can then affect properties.  


Dave Owens from Cornwall Council said: "Please take care when you're driving. You can come upon branches and fallen trees very, very quickly - so please drive with real caution."

There are still a string of flood alerts in place too. You can find them here.

Some main routes are still hit by floods. You can find the details here.
@CornwallFRS
Police say some drivers are moving "Road Closed" signs so they can get through.

Around 250 people are still without electricity, down from 5,000 at its peak on Monday.

Western Power Distribution is hoping to have everyone reconnected by midmorning.

High tide led to storm surges sending massive waves over the side of Penzance promenade. Jean told Pirate FM: "It's flooded. These waves are coming over and they've got nowhere to go. It's really, really bad. My car is rocking and rolling at the moment."

Mum Claire Ivey from Liskeard left London on a train at 7pm last night.

First the service hit a train, then got stranded outside Taunton for six hours. She told Pirate FM: "I'd like to get home really. I've got my two girls, twelve and fifteen, here with me and they'd like to get home - and my mum. She's in her early seventies and she's been sat on this train long enough.

"I'm supposed to be picking up a food shop in Liskeard in twenty minutes, but I've had to cancel that. I shall, hopefully, get back so I can pick it up at some stage today - otherwise we won't be having Christmas dinner tomorrow."

Passengers are now being put onboard buses to be taken to Exeter.

Video: @ShorelineBnB

Image: @CornwallFRS

12:25pm 24th December 2013

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