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VIDEO: Flash flooding on Cornwall's roads

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Published by Emma Carton at 9:05am 15th December 2018. (Updated at 5:03pm 15th December 2018)

There has been severe flooding on roads across Cornwall and Devon, after 'Storm Deirdre'.

Named by the Irish Met Office, she brought torrential rain and strong winds to the south-west.

On Saturday evening, roads in south-east Cornwall and Plymouth remain closed or blocked.

Kernow Weather Team tweeted a warning about bad flooding around Truro and Falmouth first thing on Saturday.

It was affecting the Bissoe Valley and the A39 between the Treluswell roundabout at Penryn and Perranarworthal.

This was the scene on the back road between Pool and Camborne first thing on Saturday morning...

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There are reports of bad flooding on Cornwall's roads as Storm Deirdre sweeps the Duchy with heavy downpours

At 5pm, Inrix was still reporting severe surface water flooding along the A374 between Trerulefoot and Torpoint.

"Flooding on A374 between A38 (Trerulefoot Roundabout, Trerulefoot) and Sainsbury's (Torpoint).

"Police confirm the flooding is along the entire stretch with the worst of the flooding near the Millbrook turn-off".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

Main roads in Keyham and Plymouth are still affected: Check the latest traffic and travel for Cornwall here.

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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