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£14m Storm Bill for Cornwall

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1:57pm 5th February 2014

The clear up bill from Cornwall's latest storms hits £14m.

It is after 90mph winds screamed through sinking boats in Porthleven and threatening to send Kingsand clock tower tumbling into the sea.

Engineers are checking buildings in the village - amid fears a house is close to collapse.

A hundred trees have been torn down - along with dozens of power lines.

The rail line at Dawlish in Devon is hanging by a thread after taking a pounding overnight.

It is not safe for trains to run across - meaning England is cut off from Cornwall.

The man in charge of Cornwall Council is calling for government help with repairs - and says rail connections have to be fixed ASAP.

Council leader John Pollard said: "We cannot afford any interruption to this vital rail link and the Government needs to act to ensure that repairs are carried out immediately. Our road and air links continue to work well and Cornwall remains open for business, however the rail link is crucial to our economy and we need Government support now. We are similarly concerned that the vital link to the Isles of Scilly is maintained by sea and air."

"As a result of the recent storms some communities across Cornwall have suffered significant structural damage which will cost millions of pounds to repair. Council staff are doing a superb job offering practical support and protecting people and the infrastructure but the growing list of damage means that we need  the assurance that the Government will help."

David Cameron has announced an extra £100m to help flood hit communities nationally and has pledged that Cornwall will not lose out because of government funding rules.

He added: "I know from personal experience how vital the Penzance to Paddington link is and how many people rely on it so I'm happy to look at this very urgently. On the transport links it is an urgent requirement to get things right."

1:57pm 5th February 2014

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