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Amber flood warning for West Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:11pm 24th March 2018. (Updated at 12:47pm 24th March 2018)

There's been an amber alert issued for flooding around rivers in West Cornwall.

 It follows the heavy rain from Friday night into Saturday morning that caused the River Hayle to rise to Flood Alert levels.

It's thought low lying land near rivers in the region could become flooded, The Environment Agency are operating pumps to combat this at Loe Bar.

 

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: "Persistent rainfall has fallen across the area during Friday night and into Saturday morning. As a result river levels have risen meeting Flood Alert levels on the River Hayle. Other rivers throughout the area are also rising. Flooding of low lying riverside land is anticipated.

The rainfall is expected to clear the area later on Saturday morning when river levels should stabilise. We will continue to monitor and issue updates as the situation changes. Our field teams are on the ground ensuring blockages are cleared."

You can see the latest warnings here HERE

 

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.

There's more advice from the AA HERE or check the latest traffic and travel for Cornwall HERE

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