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Super high tides spark flooding at Cornish pub

Super high tides spark flooding at Cornish pub

Published by Emma Carton at 7:17am 1st October 2019. (Updated at 12:26pm 1st October 2019)

A pub in a Cornish village has been hit by flooding after another night of strong winds and super high tides.

Water spilled over the harbour wall and onto the quayside and streets of Mevagissey on Monday evening.

Locals shared the photos on social media, showing staff at The Ship Inn battling to protect the building with sandbags.

It comes as flood warnings remain in force for the whole of the Cornish coast for Tuesday morning's high tides.

They mean immediate action should be taken because flooding is expected.

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There has been flooding at a pub in the Cornish village of Mevagissey after yet another night of super high tides. Photo: Jim Brewer


The local councillor says the main problem is along the river, and is calling for better flood defences.

"It is a part of living and working in a coastal village, while we do have these high tides which can sometimes be exasperated by the heavy rain and easterly winds, which means that the river will flood as well, on this occasion I think it has been handled very well.

"I think that the issues that you see in the centre of the village, which is where the sea water gets into the river and then rises up through the drains, is a historic issue but it is something that we as a community know about and it's business as usual nothing is closed, Mevagissey is open for business.

"The issue is more to do with the river, when we have these really high tides and a lot of water coming down from the river because of increased rainfall, in that case yes there is more that can be done.

"I've been in touch many times with the Environment Agency and our MP in order to try and access funding to improve those defences in the future, which I'm hoping will progress."

James Mustoe, Cornwall Councillor for Mevagissey

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The super high tides sent waves spilling over the harbour wall and into the streets in Mevagissey on Monday. Photo: Jim Brewer

The government's Flood Information Service has the following advice when flood warnings are issued:

  • Turn off gas, water and electricity
  • Move things upstairs or to safety
  • Move family, pets and car to safety
  • "Flooding is expected over the morning high tide on Tuesday 1st October. The time of the high tide at Newlyn is 07:05.

"Expect the weather conditions to cause water levels to be up to 250mm higher than forecast tide levels.

"High astronomical tides and Force 5-6 South Westerly Winds, combined with offshore wave heights of up to 2-3m, are forecast to cause flooding to properties.

"Waves and spray are likely, so take care near coastal paths and promenades.

"There may be localised standing water on roads - do not drive through flood water or waves".

Environment Agency

You can check the latest flood warnings on the government’s Flood Information Service.

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