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Two flood alerts in north Cornwall upgraded

Two flood alerts in north Cornwall upgraded

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:07am 26th October 2019. (Updated at 7:46pm 26th October 2019)

Archive photo of flooding: Looe Community Fire Station

Two flood alerts, issued for rivers in north Cornwall, have been upgraded to flood warnings.

They are in force for the River Ottery and the River Tamar from Tamarstone to Druxton Bridge and mean flooding is expected.

The Environment agency says low-lying properties in Yeolmbridge, Ham Mill and Bridgerule are most at risk.

It comes after torrential rain flooded a home at Warbstow Cross on Friday night, when a river burst its banks.

More downpours are expected, with that Met Office weather warning out until 3pm on Saturday.

"Following prolonged rainfall overnight, 30-40mm of rain has fallen on the Tamar catchment , and rising river levels are increasing the risk of flooding.

"We are expecting river levels to continue to rise throughout Saturday morning and remain high over the course of the day.

"Property flooding is possible in Bridgerule from midday today and throughout the afternoon.

"Highway flooding is also expected on the A3071 between Holsworthy and Red Post and also between North Tamerton and Clawton.

"The rainfall is clearing from midday today giving rise to drier conditions and we expect river levels to gradually fall over this evening.

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

"We will update this Flood Warning by 5pm this evening or earlier if the situation changes",

Environment Agency.

A string of flood alerts remain in force, from the west Cornwall to Launceston.

You can check the latest here or watch how to be prepared below...

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