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String of flood alerts as torrential rain hits Cornwall

String of flood alerts as torrential rain hits Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:36pm 25th October 2019. (Updated at 8:36am 26th October 2019)

A string of flood alerts have gone out for Cornwall's coast as torrential downpours hit.

The Met Office has issued a 34-hour yellow weather warning for heavy rain.

It is in place through until 3pm on Saturday afternoon and coastal gales are forecast too.

Now the Environment Agency has issued flood alerts around the Duchy's coast and rivers.

90mm of rain could fall in some areas sparking flash flooding and surface water.

Areas that could be affected:

North Cornwall Rivers - Newquay, Padstow, Wadebridge and Sladesbridge, Bodmin, Lanivet, Boscastle and Camelford.

Lower River Tamar - Gunnislake, Calstock, Cargreen, Bere Alston, Morwellham and Cotehele.

Middle River Tamar - Polson Bridge, Horsebridge, Gunnislake, Lifton and Sydenham.

Upper River Tamar - Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water, Launceston and Yeolmbridge.

Helford and Fal Rivers - The Lizard, Penryn, Falmouth, Truro, Ladock, Tresillian and Grampound.

West Cornwall Rivers - Lands End, Penzance, Helston, Crowlas, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Portreath and Perranporth.

St Austell and Par Rivers - Pentewan, St Blazey, Luxulyan and Mevagissey.

"This is based on a forecast for heavy rainfall over this evening (Friday) through to mid-day Saturday with the potential for surface water and river flooding from the early hours of Saturday morning.  

"There will be prolonged rainfall over this evening and throughout the night, with many places seeing 10-20mm of rain.  

"Within this, there is a potential for localised intense periods of rainfall leading to 30-40mm falling over a few hours. The forecast is unclear on the precise location of these areas in Cornwall.  

"Over higher moorland areas rainfall totals could reach 80-90mm.  

"This rain is falling on wet ground, increasing the amount of surface water running off land and into streams and rivers.

"This rainfall will be accompanied by strong southwesterly winds which could lead to significant leaf fall, contributing to increased flood risk due to blocked drainage gullies."

Environment Agency

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