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Flood teams take action across Cornwall

Flood teams take action across Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:32pm 14th February 2020. (Updated at 11:12am 15th February 2020)

Flood field teams are out across Cornwall and Devon in preparation for Storm Dennis.

The Environment Agency crews are ensuring flood defences are working and clear of debris.

It comes as a double weather warning gets set to hit the Duchy with strong gales and heavy downpours.

Two yellow alerts from the Met Office are in force across the weekend along with flood alerts for rivers in east and north Cornwall.

Officials say water levels could continue to rise and cause flooding across low lying land.

"From midday Saturday 15th February the Met Office have issued a weather warning for Storm Dennis to bring persistent and heavy rain. 

"Once Storm Dennis arrives, river levels will rise and flooding is expected to affect the area from Saturday evening 15th February through to Monday morning 17th February. 

"Currently water levels have dropped following Thursdays heavy rain. Patchy rain through Friday will continue into Saturday 15th February. 

"River levels may rise again in response to this rain, but flooding of low lying land and roads is not currently expected until Storm Dennis arrives on Saturday. 

"Take care near the areas of concern and keep up to date with your local weather conditions. 

"We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area ready to respond as required."

Environment Agency

“Following Storm Ciara last weekend and further spells of rain this week, the ground is already saturated in places.

"With Storm Dennis bringing further heavy and persistent rain over the weekend, there is a risk of significant impacts from flooding, including damage to property and a danger to life from fast flowing floodwater.

“Our advice is to keep an eye on the latest weather forecast and weather warnings for your area and to follow the safety advice from officials.”

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Willington

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