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3:29pm 12th November 2014

A report warns Cornish communities need to do more to help protect themselves against storms.

Around 40 were badly damaged when huge waves and gales battered the coast last winter.

Cornwall Council says almost 60 repair schemes have been completed but work is still ongoing at 11.

They are Portreath, Hannafore in Looe, the sea wall at St Mawes, Trevone near Padstow, Talland Bay, Constantine Bay, Gyllyngvase, Portwrinkle, Praa Sands, Wheal Dream and Newquay Towan.

On these sites measures have been put in place, where required, to manage the risk of further damage whilst the works are completed. 

The last scheme to be completed is likely to be at Towan Beach in Newquay where the works are extensive and complex. 

This scheme is expected to be completed by the end of February 2015.

Clem Tregear runs the Waterfront Inn at Portreath.

He spoke to Pirate FM in the Valentine's Day aftermath: "I've lived here nine years and I've never had water up to the door before.

"Stones coming off the pier wall, there's stones off the far side and if you look there's cracks and bits everywhere; I don't know whether they'll ever get it mended.

"The damage here is just a small part of the whole of Cornwall - it's going to run into millions and millions of pounds."

Cornwall Council is releasing a report about how communities can be better prepared for big weather events and officials are freeing up small grants to help.

Edwina Hannaford is the Council's cabinet member for Environment, Heritage and Planning.

She said: "Flooding is a real risk faced by residents and businesses across Cornwall. 

"Many parts of Cornwall suffered enormous damage as a result of the floods which battered the county at the end of last year and the beginning of this year.  It has taken time to carry out the repairs, with more work still to do in some areas. 

"I would like to thank the communities which were affected for their continued support during these works."

It comes as the Met Office issues a yellow weather warning for heavy rain and gales of up to 70mph.

It will come into force at 7am on Thursday.

Check weather warnings here.

Check flood alerts here.

3:29pm 12th November 2014

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