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Newquay storm damage

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:01am 7th January 2014 (Updated 2:03pm 7th January 2014)

Pirate FM has learnt the repair bill after Cornwall's perfect storm stands at £1.5m as a fresh weather warning is issued for the Duchy.

Officials say the cost will rise as they check the damage around our coast.

Forecasters are warning of heavy, thundery downpours on Tuesday morning. Families in Roscroggan near Camborne and St Columb are clearing up, after the rain caused more flooding.

A spokesman said: "Heavy showers, some of them combined with hail and thunder, will continue to affect parts of southern England at times through the rest of Monday, Tuesday and early Wednesday.

"The public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding, especially in areas which have been affected in recent days.

"Further bands of showers running into southern counties have the potential to produce intense bursts of rain, these quickly leading to localised impacts given the very saturated ground. Hail will be an additional hazard associated with some of the heaviest showers.

"It won't be raining all the time, with some drier interludes likely but on the other hand, longer spells of rain may occur, more particularly in the southeast overnight into Tuesday and again, perhaps more widely, overnight into Wednesday. 15 to 25 mm may fall in around 6 hours at any time through this period, with overall 36-hour totals perhaps exceeding 40 mm at a few localities."

65 homes and businesses from Perranporth to Looe were flooded, including 20 in Looe.

A thirty metre stretch of Newquay's Fistral surf centre has collapsed, while a chunk of Towan road has fallen away.

Bude's canal breakwater and beach huts are damaged, a wall built to protect Seaton near Looe has been ripped apart and a section of the harbour wall has been smashed open at Portreath.

The council is investigating reports a mine shaft has collapsed at Gwithian Towans while engineers are still monitoring Lower Kelly Road in Calstock - part of which fell away in a landslide on Christmas day.

But the council says nobody needed to be evacuated or rehoused, as has happened in other parts of Britain.

Dave Owens from Cornwall Council said: "Because of the age of some of these structures clearly we are going to have to design completely new structures. That will take longer.

"Take Looe for example. We're still doing repairs 12 months after the previous event - so it can take a lot of time.

"We will make claims both through the Environment Agency for government support in terms of emergency repairs to coastal assets and through representations to the government. If neither of those are succesful then, unfortunately, we will have to take money from reserves. Cornwall Council does have strong reserves - and we will have to look to those."

Will Ashworth runs Watergate Bay Hotel and put in his own defences after the storm of 2008. He said: "What's so unusual about this storm is that it's come not only from about Thursday, but Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Each day we've been looking and watching and observing and, so far, the wall has held and it's doing a great job."

 

An iconic rock formation in Padstow's among stretches of the coast which have been changed forever. Porthcothan Rock succumbed after being pounded by metre high waves:

 

AfterBEFORE   photo: James Coatsworth                                      photo: www.Idenna.co.uk

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