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Cornwall Floods: Cost Could Reach £40 Million

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2:29pm 28th November 2012

Cornwall has been warned the recent floods could cost the county 'untold millions'.

Business experts have told Pirate FM they estimate the bill could hit £40,000,000, but admit that they will never know the true extent.

It is being put down to missed meetings, bookings and lost trade as well as storm damage.

Kim Conchie, Chief Executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, said: "Obviously if you were going to go to your supermarket trip on Friday morning and couldn't manage it, you probably would have found another time. But if you were going out for a meal kin a restuarant, or going to a cafe or to buy something, and you decided not to do it, that money's gone forever, we'll never recapture that.

"There's a theory in the power of positive thinking, and I think you've just got to get out there and try and win new business by whatever methods your trade association, your own cleverness, your support systems can recommend. Just get out there."

Shops and pubs across Cornwall were affected by rising waters after the torrential downpours.

Michael Delaune runs gift store, She Sells, in Mevagissey. He admitted it could put visitors off: "You see all around, the news and everywhere, we're all underwater. So, who wants to come down and see us, or who wants to take the car and come down, when you know that you might see shops closed. They're going to be scared of what to see down here."

2:29pm 28th November 2012

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