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WATCH: A fresh flood risk as heavy rain hits Cornwall

WATCH: A fresh flood risk as heavy rain hits Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:00am 15th January 2018. (Updated at 9:44am 15th January 2018)

Fresh flood alerts are going out for Cornwall after a night of torrential downpours.

The Environment Agency wanrs river levels in the west of the county are rising.

It says the Rivers Hayle and Cober are most at risk and we could see flooding on low-lying roads.

A spokesperson said: "Flooding is possible this morning, Monday 15th January. Overnight we have seen persistent rainfall across Cornwall and the Rivers Hayle and Cober are now rising.

"Light, patchy rain is forecast throughout this afternoon, expected levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the rivers.

"We expect the river to remain high throughout today, though no flooding to properties is currently forecast.

"Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.

"We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages".

You can check the latest warnings here or watch what that flood alert means...


Drivers are being warned to take extra care, with reports of surface water on our roads.

Gale force winds are set to batter the Duchy on Monday, but no weather warnings have been issued as yet.

That said, Inrix Traffic and Travel has had reports of a fallen tree at Gunnislake as the gusts pick up.

You can check the latest traffic and travel here or get tips for wet weather driving below.

How to drive in heavy rain:

  • Firstly, slow down! Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front as stopping distances in rain are increased 
  • Use dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you more easily
  • Don’t use rear fog lights. They can mask your brake lights and dazzle drivers behind you
  • Look out for large or fast-moving vehicles creating spray which reduces visibility
  • Also remember to keep your air conditioning on, as this will stop your windows from misting up - furthermore, you can read our full advice page on how to demist your windscreen in double-quick time
  • Listen out for local news bulletins to keep up-to-date with road closures, flooding and forecasts
  • If you break down in torrential rain keep the bonnet closed while waiting for help to arrive, to avoid the electrical system getting soaked
  • Driving too fast through standing water could lead to tyres losing contact with the road. If your steering suddenly feels light you could be aquaplaning. To regain grip, ease off the accelerator, do not brake and allow your speed to reduce until you gain full control of the steering again
  • Driving fast through deep water can cause serious and expensive damage
  • Be considerate to other road users and try not to spray pedestrians and cyclists as you drive through water

Source: RAC

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