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Gales spark flash flooding around the Cornish coast

Gales spark flash flooding around the Cornish coast

Published by Emma Carton at 7:19am 30th October 2019. (Updated at 2:43pm 30th October 2019)

Parts of the Cornish coast are on flood watch for the third day running.

An alert is still in force, from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head.

It comes after strong winds and high spring tides on Tuesday night.

The gusts sparked flash flooding in Falmouth, closing Swanpool Road and cancelling the St Mawes Ferry.

"Swanpool Road in both directions closed due to flooding from Swanpool Hill to Tremorvah Way".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

Trains between Liskeard and Looe are suspended because of flooding on the branch line.

Network Rail says they are not expected to begin running again until 10am on Wednesday.

"Service suspended on Great Western Railway between Liskeard and Looe due to flooding. Replacement buses are being arranged".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

The Bodinnick Ferry was suspended because of a stranded tanker on the slipway, but that has since cleared.

"Services suspended on Bodinnick Ferry from Bodinnick Heights to B3269 Station Road.

"Police have confirmed recovery has been completed, roads have been cleared and ferry is now running as normal".

Inrix Traffic and Travel

You can check the latest traffic and travel for Cornwall and plan your journey here.

What flood alerts are in force?

On Monday, the Environment Agency issued a three-day alert for a stretch of the south coast.

That will be in force from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head across Wednesday's high tides.

"Flooding is possible over all high tides from Tuesday evening through to and including Wednesday evening. 

"High tide at Falmouth on Tuesday evening is 18:04, times of high water will vary along the coast. 

"High spring tides with offshore wave heights of over 3m and Force 6-7 east southeasterly winds are forecast and may cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. 

"People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. 

"Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. 

"We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required".

Environment Agency

You can check the latest flood alerts for Cornwall here or watch how to be prepared...

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