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Heavy rainfall triggers flood alert for Cornwall

Heavy rainfall triggers flood alert for Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:28am 11th October 2019.

Heavy rainfall has triggered a flood alert for the Upper River Tamar.

Around 20mm of rain has fallen overnight on Thursday and the Environment Agency says water levels have risen.

More showers are forecast throughout Friday and it is feared the level may rise further, causing flooding to low lying land and roads.

Flooding is possible across Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water, Launceston and Yeolmbridge.

There is a chance flood warnings could be issued later in the day.

"Over the last 12 hours we have seen heavy rainfall across the Upper River Tamar area, with up to 20mm falling overnight.

"This has meant that water levels in the River Tamar have risen overnight at Tamarstone Bridge and are around bankfull level this morning - further river level rises will result in flooding to low lying land and roads.

"The weather outlook is for further potentially heavy showers through the day. It is expected that the river will remain at a high level and may rise further, and if the heaviest showers fall over the Tamar catchments Flood Warnings may be issued later today. 

"We are constantly monitoring river levels and have operatives in the field to relay information, clear blockages and operate defences if required."

Environment Agency

What is in store weather-wise?

Today: It will be a windy day with gales likely around coastal areas. Outbreaks of rain will be prominent over higher ground and near the coasts, and by the afternoon the rain will turn heavy at times. Maximum temperature 16 °C.

Tonight: The winds will persist into the night, with a brief interlude in the heavy showers around dusk. These heavy showers will be renewed from the west in the early hours. Minimum temperature 11 °C.

Saturday: Another rather cloudy and damp day, with further rain at times. The rain likely to turn heavy at times during the afternoon. Maximum temperature 14 °C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday: Further blustery showers will add to the already wet conditions with a potential for thunderstorms on Monday. The mornings may see some local fog which will be slow to clear.

Source: Met Office

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