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WATCH: Flash flooding after heavy rain in Cornwall

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1:36pm 13th February 2018
(Updated 1:36pm 13th February 2018)

There has been flash flooding on our roads after a morning of torrential downpours across Cornwall.

The Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain and gales of up to 70mph has lifted.

However, there have been reports of standing water near Camborne, Newquay and Looe.

The Environment Agency has issued alerts for the north of the Duchy as well, as river levels rise.

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The scene of flash flooding at Trevemper in Newquay on Tuesday morning

Charlotte described driving through 'deep water' between Newquay and Chiverton Cross roundabout.

She said: "I've just driven from Newquay and there is a lot of flooding - the whole route to Chivvy roundabout.

"There is deep water just before the roundabout covering both sides of the Newquay road and pretty much most of the way".

She added: "Just wanted to let you guys know so possibly to warn other drivers that it's really bad along that stretch".

This was the warning from police after a string of crashes across Cornwall and Devon, including a fatal collision on the M5.

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for rivers in north Cornwall, especially around Boscastle.

A spokesperson says: "Flooding is possible early this morning Tuesday 13th February. Rain has been falling heavily since 4am this morning. The band of rain is moving through the area quickly, however the rivers are responding and we expect flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river from 6am.

"The main areas of concern are the Valency valley, Boscastle. We expect river levels to remain high throughout Tuesday.

"Further heavy rain is forecast on Wednesday 14th February which may lead to further flood alerts being issued, however, 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 alerts for Cornwall here or watch more about how to be prepared...

 

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

You can check the latest traffic and travel information for Cornwall here or watch more advice about driving in wet weather...

1:36pm 13th February 2018

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