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More flooding 'possible' - as more rain to hit Cornwall

More flooding 'possible' - as more rain to hit Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:23am 20th December 2019. (Updated at 8:42am 20th December 2019)

There are fears of more flash flooding, as the next band of torrential rain sweeps towards Cornwall.

Thursday's downpours left parts of Hayle knee deep in water, forcing police to declare a major incident.

The town's flood warning has been lifted, but alerts are still in force for rivers from Penzance to Bude.

One Met Office warning ends on Friday lunchtime, ahead of another that will last for most of the weekend.

Other parts of the Duchy were among the wettest in the UK on Thursday, with Cardinham near Bodmin recording over two inches of rain in just 36 hours!

What flood warnings are in force?

Flood warning: The flood warning that was in place for Hayle has now lifted.

Flood Alerts: West Cornwall Rivers, Upper River Tamar, Middle River Tamar, Lower River Tamar and the River Lynher.

"River levels are dropping following exceptionally heavy rain and surface water flooding around Hayle and St Erth area on Thursday morning. 

"However, river levels are expected to remain high with further rain forecast on Thursday night and into Friday. 

"Some flooding of low lying land and roads may continue into Friday however no further property flooding is expected. 

"Areas along the River Hayle are particularly at risk. Unsettled weather is forecast to continue over the weekend. 

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

"Avoid walking and driving through flood water. 

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

Environment Agency

You can check the latest flood warnings and alerts for Cornwall here.

What weather warnings are still in force?

Weather Warnings: A yellow warning for torrential rain is in force until 12pm on Friday.

Forecasters say there will be a brief break, before the next kicks in - lasting from 00.00am until 12pm on Sunday lunchtime.

"Further heavy rain is expected through Thursday night and Friday morning, with another 25 to 35mm of rain likely in places. 

"This rain will fall onto already saturated ground across Cornwall and the south-east which may lead to flooding in these places; while intense rainfall further north across East Anglia and East Midlands is more likely to cause travel disruption.

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

"Whilst amounts of rain are not expected to be particularly large, 10-15mm and perhaps 20-30 in a few places. 

"This falling onto saturated ground makes some flooding possible".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here or watch how to be prepared...

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