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WATCH: Downpours turn Cornish roads to rivers


Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:41pm 11th November 2017. (Updated at 5:55pm 12th November 2017)

A day of heavy downpours has turned some rural roads in north Cornwall into rivers.

This was the scene on the stretch between Jamaica Inn and Golitha Falls on Saturday afternoon.

The water was gushing along the sides of the lane and a tractor was struggling to get through.

Rivers are still on flood alert - scroll down to check the latest warnings and tips for driving in wet weather.

Caity tweeted Pirate FM: "Dratens Valley road between Jamaica Inn and Golitha Falls only just accessible by tractor. Small car swamped blocking road. Cannot pass".

A flood alerts for the Middle River Tamar has been stood down but one is still in place for the Upper Tamar, with rural roads most at risk.

A spokesperson from the Environment Agency said: "Following further rainfall over Saturday night, river levels in the River Tamar remain high.

"Flooding in areas of low lying land and roads around Tamarstone to Druxton Bridge including Boyton and Bridgerule may still be possible.

"The weather forecast for today is mostly dry with showers. Rivers are not expected to react and so, river levels will gradually fall throughout the day.

"We are constantly monitoring river levels and have operatives in the field to relay information, clear blockages and operate defences if required".

You can check the latest warnings for Cornwall here or watch what more about what a flood alert means...


No weather warnings are in place but the Met Office is predicting more heavy bursts of rain on Saturday night.

Its online forecast says: "Rain continuing across southern England and Wales this evening, with further heavy bursts, although mostly clearing by morning".

For Sunday it continues: "Sunny, windy and cold for most. Blustery showers in many coastal regions and across northern Scotland".

How to drive in wet weather:

Advice on driving in heavy rain:

Turn your headlights on - the Highway Code says you must use them when visibility is seriously reduced (less than 100m).
Use fog lights if you like, but switch them off when visibility improves.
Leave twice as much space between you and the car in front - it takes longer to stop in the wet.
If your steering feels light due to aquaplaning, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
If you break down don't prop the bonnet open while you wait. Rain-soaked electrics can make it harder to start the engine.

Advice on driving in floods and standing water:

Try to avoid standing water if you can.
Don't drive into flood water that's moving or more than 10cm (4 inches) deep. Let approaching cars pass first.
Drive slowly and steadily so you don't make a bow wave.
Test your brakes as soon as you can afterwards.
Fast-moving water is very powerful - take care or your car could be swept away.
If you do get stuck in flood water, it's usually best to wait in the car and call for help rather than try to get out.

Read more advice from the AA or watch Cornwall Fire and Rescue's 'Turn Around, Don't Drown' safety video...

Turn Around, Don't Drown - Action from Cornwall Council on Vimeo.

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