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People urged to avoid flood water as NEW rain warning hits

People urged to avoid flood water as NEW rain warning hits

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 21st December 2019. (Updated at 10:56am 21st December 2019)

People are being urged to stay away from flood water as another severe weather warning goes out for Cornwall, less than 48 hours after flash floods hit Hayle.

Police and Cornwall Fire and Rescue service have tweeted to warn drivers about flash flooding and standing water on the roads.

Along with a string of flood alerts, the Met Office had issued another yellow warning for the whole of Saturday through until Sunday lunchtime.

However, the end time has been brought forward to 9am on Sunday.

Hayle was left mopping up after almost an inch of rain fell in one hour on Thursday.

The River Hayle was recorded at its second highest level since 1968. 

Floodwater spilled into 46 properties, two thirds of them businesses. 

There was also flooding in nearby Relubbus and Angarrack, and run-off from fields closed the A30 near Camborne West.

Now the Met Office has warned that the next round of downpours could mean more flooding is possible.

What to expect on Saturday and Sunday:

  • Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely
  • Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer
  • Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer

“An area of heavy rain reaching south-west England on Saturday afternoon will extend east across remaining southern areas through the evening.

“Drier weather will follow from the west on Saturday night with the rain clearing the southeast on Sunday morning.

“Whilst amounts of rain are not expected to be particularly large, 5-15mm and perhaps 20-30mm in a few places, some flooding is possible with the rain falling onto saturated ground”.

Met Office

Praise for the community of Hayle:

Meantime there has been praise for the response of emergency and public services after the Hayle flash floods.

Social workers checked on all affected addresses, and any vulnerable residents were offered assistance. 

The clear-up continues, as many homes and shops have water-damaged contents. 

But, to boost the local economy, many traders were open to customers on Friday in this important pre-Christmas shopping period.

If wet and windy weather continues people are advised to take extra care walking on coast paths, and not to try to drive cars through floodwater.  

"Now that the recovery has begun, everyone including the Town's Mayor has praised the quick response of our public services - from Fire teams to street cleaners, waste crews to social workers - and I am pleased to add my thanks.

"The issues were tackled promptly and professionally. Business recovery advice is even being offered to Hayle's traders at this important time of year for the local economy. 

"The people of Hayle showed great resilience as the waters rose, but I'd also like to applaud a splendid team effort by service providers, with much of the recovery in place before the rest of Cornwall even knew about the drama."

Cornwall Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, Rob Nolan

Predicted rainfall for the coming days means that emergency teams will remain on standby to respond anywhere they are needed. 

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