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South East Cornwall On Flood Warning

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5:46am 10th November 2014
(Updated 5:46am 10th November 2014)

A flood warning goes out for parts of the south-east Cornwall Coast.

We are being warned strong winds and high spring tides could cause flooding between Gribbin Head and Rame Head on Saturday morning.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: "High tides, strong winds and high energy waves may lead to flooding over the high tide on Saturday morning.

"This is a precautionary flood warning based on the forecast conditions and issues experienced over recent high tides.

"Waves are building from the south, and may lead to overtopping at exposed coastal locations and south facing communities.

"Flooding is possible at undefended quayside locations such as Fowey and East and West Looe. The high tide at Plymouth is at 6.15am, at a level of 2.81mAOD, which includes a surge of 0.2m.

"Wave action may increase the water level above this in exposed coastal areas as offshore wave heights of up to 3m are forecast.

"The Wind is forecast to be South Westerly up to Force 7. this flood warning applys 4 hours either side of high tide.

"We will continue to monitor the situation and further updates may be issued over the weekend."

You can check the latest alerts and warnings here.

It comes as Cornwall's flood warning system is stepped up ahead of another winter's storms.

The Environment Agency has increased the number of flood alert areas so we get more tailored information.

Bosses say the majority of defences damaged in last year's battering are fixed and the others are shored up.
Duchy advisor Duncan Struggles wants us to get prepared too: "Importantly you've got to have flood plans so you know what to do if you receive that flood warning. You may need to identify if there's anything else that you can do, for example installing sandbags or having some sort of individual property protection so also making sure that you know where to put valuable items.

"We had the most energetic waves for 60 years last winter; it was a phenominal winter. There are, I believe, one or two where the work hasn't quite been completed but we have put contingency arrangements in place to make sure that nobody is left unprotected."

5:46am 10th November 2014

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