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Drivers warned as rain turns roads to rivers in Cornwall

Drivers warned as rain turns roads to rivers in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:39am 23rd November 2019. (Updated at 8:20am 23rd November 2019)

Police and firefighters have issued an urgent warning to drivers after a day of downpours across Cornwall.

The rain turned roads to rivers across the Duchy, sparking flash flooding on the A30 near Hayle and the A390.

One car had to be pulled to safety after getting trapped in six inches of flood water near Lostwithiel.

When rescuers arrived, they found three casualties sitting on top of their vehicle.

On Saturday morning, there have been reports of deep standing water near Roche and on the B3284 near Truro: Check the latest traffic and travel.

Scroll down to check the advice on driving in wet weather and the weather and flood warnings still in force for Cornwall.

The message is 'Turn Around, Don't Drown, with that Met Office weather warning in force until Saturday evening.

"Today, six appliances and two officers were mobilised to a vehicle that reported being stuck in moving flood water after attempting to drive through it.

"On arrival the first appliance reported that three casualties were sitting on top of their vehicle in deep standing water and rescued them using dry suits and life jackets. 

"The car that was blocking the road was winched to a safe position using the fire engine winch.

"This incident would have been avoidable if they hadn't attempted to drive through this flood water. Please remember 'TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN'."

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

What weather and flood warnings are still in force?

Three flood alerts are out for Cornwall, for the West Cornwall Rivers, the River Lynher and the Upper River Tamar: Read more.

The Met Office weather warning for torrential rain will remain in force until 6pm on Saturday evening: Read more.

"Showers on Friday morning will be replaced by more persistent rain during the afternoon and evening. 

"The rain will be heavy at times, lasting through much of Friday night and Saturday morning before slowly dying out during Saturday afternoon. 

"20 to 30mm is likely to fall quite widely, and 40 to 50mm may accumulate in a few places, most likely across the higher ground of south Devon".

Met Office

What is the advice for driving in wet weather?

Advice on driving in floods and standing water:

  • Try to avoid standing water if you can.
  • Don't drive into flood water that's moving or more than 10cm (4 inches) deep. Let approaching cars pass first.
  • Drive slowly and steadily so you don't make a bow wave.
  • Test your brakes as soon as you can afterwards.
  • Fast-moving water is very powerful - take care or your car could be swept away.
  • If you do get stuck in flood water, it's usually best to wait in the car and call for help rather than try to get out.

You can read more advice from the AA here or watch Cornwall Fire and Rescue's 'Turn Around, Don't Drown' safety video...

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