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Safety advice to residents after flash floods hit Hayle

Safety advice to residents after flash floods hit Hayle

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:38pm 19th December 2019.

Residents and businesses affected by the flash flooding in Hayle are being advised to get help if needed, clean up safely and keep evidence of flood damage.

Torrential rain sparked so much surface water that the A30 bypass and the town centre had to be closed.

Police declared a major incident and said the town was 'under water'.

The Environment Agency has also issued a flood warning for the area, urging people to take immediate action.

Around 30 premises in Hayle and two in St Erth have been affected by the floodwater after torrential rainfall.

Four fire crews from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service pumped water out from Fore Street.

Cornwall Council coordinated a multi-agency response to reduce water levels and the major incident was downgraded at around 2pm. 

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Cormac and Highways England have been clearing up debris and Cornwall Council's street cleaning contractor Biffa were deployed in Hayle to clear muddy road surfaces.

With more heavy rain forecast tonight from 11pm, residents at risk of flooding are advised to be prepared and to put out sandbags and move valuable possessions from ground level.

Flooding risk information is available here. Anyone in an at-risk area can sign up for flood warning messages from the Environment Agency's Floodline: 0345 988 1188.

Cornwall Council is issuing the following safety advice for those affected by flooding:

  • If using portable indoor heating appliances to dry out indoor spaces ensure good ventilation. Do not use fuel-powered appliances indoors as the exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide which can kill. 
  • Do not turn on gas or electrics if they may have been exposed to floodwater. To protect against electric shock, get electrics checked by qualified technicians.
  • Flooding is stressful; contact family and friends for support. Healthcare professionals are aware mental health can suffer after flooding, so contact your GP or the National Flood Forum, experts in helping people in these situations, if you feel you need support or assistance.
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Anyone who has been affected by flooding is urged to contact their insurance companies early to find out what evidence is needed for making claims. 

Cornwall Council has a crisis award for those in emergency or disaster situations to help them and their families with immediate needs. 

To check eligibility call the benefits advice line on 0300 1234 121 and choose option 2 or email discretionaryaward@cornwall.gov.uk.

All waste collections scheduled for tomorrow are due to go ahead. 

  • To report flooding or drainage issues on public roads including out of hours phone 0300 1234222. 
  • For 24-hour flooding advice ring the Environment Agency Floodline on 0345 9881188.

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