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WATCH: Cornwall's rivers are back on flood watch

WATCH: Cornwall's rivers are back on flood watch

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:16pm 27th January 2018. (Updated at 4:14pm 27th January 2018)

Flood alerts are in place across Cornwall following yet another night of torrential downpours.

The Environment Agency has issued warning for rivers in west Cornwall and the Upper Tamar.

Officials say low level land and roads around Relubbus and St Erth are among the at-risk areas.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: "Flooding is possible over Saturday afternoon and into the evening. Overnight we have seen heavy rainfall and the rivers are now rising. Further rain is forecast throughout Saturday.

"Expected levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river around the Relubbus to St Erth and Tamarstone to Druxton Bridge areas".

They added: "We expect the rivers to remain high throughout Saturday, 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 how to prepare when a flood alert is issued...

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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