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Flash flooding as a river bursts its banks in Cornwall

Flash flooding as a river bursts its banks in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:47am 26th October 2019. (Updated at 7:47pm 26th October 2019)

There has been flash flooding as torrential rain batters the Duchy.

A house in north Cornwall was damaged overnight, after a river burst its banks.

Firefighters were scrambled to Warbstow Cross late on Friday night, as the water poured in.

"Five firefighters on one appliance from Delabole attended a call to a domestic property flooded when a river burst its banks. 

"Two rooms in the property were flooded with 150mm of water and the electrics were affected. 

"Crews used a light portable pump and small gear at this incident".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

As well as the flooding, strong winds have downed trees and sparked dozens of power cuts.

At one point on Saturday morning, almost 250 homes were cut off, from Redruth to Padstow: Read more.

The Met Office weather warning for heavy rain is in force until 3pm on Saturday: Read more.

A string of flood alerts and two warnings are out across the Duchy, with more downpours set to hit on Saturday.

What areas could be affected by flooding?


Flood warnings are in force for the River Tamar between Tamarstone and Druxton Bridge and the River Ottery between Yeolmbridge and Ham Mill.


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.

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

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.

Drivers across Cornwall are being urged to take extra care on the roads, because of downed trees and flash flooding.

"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

You can check the latest flood alerts for Cornwall and the south-west here.

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