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LIVE: Flood warning and alerts as the downpours hit

LIVE: Flood warning and alerts as the downpours hit

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:50am 19th December 2019. (Updated at 10:53am 20th December 2019)

A flood warning has gone out for Hayle on day two of Cornwall's five-day severe weather warning.

Torrential rain has turned roads to rivers in the west, including the A30 bypass and its main street.

It follows gusts of 85mph on Wednesday, which brought down trees and power cables.

The Met Office warning for gales has now been lifted, but forecasters are still expecting strong winds.

The warnings for heavy rain will last until lunchtime on Sunday, with flood alerts in force for rivers from Penzance to Bude.

"Several periods of heavy rain are likely from Wednesday afternoon until early Friday. 

"30 to 50mm of rain is likely to accumulate quite widely during this time, with 60 to 90mm over some south-facing hills of south-west England and south Wales. 

"Some drier periods are likely in between the spells of rain and the longevity of these is uncertain, but the overall accumulation of rain on saturated ground is likely to lead to flooding in places

"Further spells of heavy rain and showers are possible during Saturday. 

"Whilst amounts of rain are not expected to be particularly large, 10-15mm and perhaps up to 30mm in places, falling onto highly saturated ground makes flooding more probable".

Met Office

You can follow all the latest updates in our live blog below...


Travel update - A3059

A3059 in both directions blocked, very slow traffic due to accident and flooding from Treloy Golf Club (Tregaswith) to Carloggas turn off (Trebarber).

Sensors suggests road is blocked, affecting traffic between Newquay and St Columb Major


Dramatic video shows flood water pouring onto the A30 at Hayle...


Delays to rail services via Dawlish because of sea flooding:

All lines between Plymouth / Paignton and Exeter St Davids have been reopened following the sea flooding the railway at the Dawlish Sea Wall.

Services may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised.

This is expected until 17:30.



This is the scene of the flooding in Hayle town centre...

Footage of the flash flooding in Hayle that was declared as a major incident. Video: Ken Whalley

A30 Hayle bypass is now re-open

But drivers are sbeing urged to take care in the bad weather.

There is still queuing traffic due to flooding on Roads around Hayle Town Centre. 

Multiple roads through Hayle are now closed following flash flooding from heavy rainfall, including parts of Fore Street and Commercial Road. 


Devon and Cornwall Police have declared a major incident as flash flooding leaves Hayle 'underwater'

Torrential rain has been battering the Duchy and has sparked a flood warning for the area.

The A30 Hayle bypass was left closed because of the volume of water and part of the town centre is closed too.

The road has now reopened but there is still slow traffic in the area.

Cornwall Council has confirmed that around 50 properties have now been affected by flooding in the area.

Read more.


A30 Hayle closure update:

The eastbound carriageway has now reopened.

Westbound is still closed with queuing traffic due to flooding between A3047 (Camborne West, Camborne) and A3074 Nut Lane (St Erth roundabout, Hayle).

Although traffic is being diverted through Hayle, many local roads are also becoming flooded as a result of the heavy rainfall.

Diversion - via the old A30 through Connor Downs, and local roads through Hayle.

You can check the incidents affecting journeys here.


Flood alerts for the River Lynher and the Upper River Tamar:

Flooding is possible for the Rame Peninsula, Callington, Saltash, Rilla Mill, Pillaton and Landrake, along with Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water, Launceston and Yeolmbridge.

Flooding is possible during Thursday and into Friday.

The Environment Agency says heavy rain over the last 24 hours has caused river levels to rise and ground is saturated.  

A further band of rain will move in from the South on Thursday, from mid-morning, clearing early Thursday evening, with further rain overnight into Friday



What is a flood warning?


Flood alert for the West Cornwall Rivers

That means flooding is possible for Lands End, Penzance, Helston, Crowlas, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Portreath and Perranporth.

Areas particularly at risk include properties along the River Hayle.

The Environment Agency says river levels are expected to remain high, with flooding of low lying land and roads possible throughout Thursday and overnight into Friday.



Flood warning for the River Hayle from Relubbus to St Erth

Flooding is expected on Thursday Morning following heavy rainfall in the Hayle area.

As a result the River Hayle is rising rapidly. River levels will be at their highest between 11am and 2pm.

Properties and low lying areas around the bottom of Tregembo Hill, Green Lane, Battery Hill Playground, Chapel Hill and Chenhalls Road, may be affected first from around 11am on Thursday.

"Flood waters may be deep and fast flowing in these areas. Residents are strongly urged to take action now.

"Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings. Unsettled weather is forecast to continue over the weekend.

"Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.

"We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages."

Environment Agency

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