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Cornwall rivers still on flood alert after storms

Cornwall rivers still on flood alert after storms

Published by Emma Carton at 9:54am 1st March 2020. (Updated at 10:03am 1st March 2020)

Parts of Cornwall remain on flood watch after days of torrential rain across Cornwall.

Storms Ciara and Dennis triggered torrential downpours across the Duchy.

And whilst Jorge might have been a bit more of a damp squib, the ground remains saturated.

The Environment Agency has issued a string of alerts for rivers from Penzance to Bude and Saltash.

The Met Office warnings have since lifted but forecasters say there could be more unsettled wet and windy weather to come too.

What flood alerts are still in force?

As of 10am on Sunday, the following flood alerts were still in force for Cornwall.

  • Flood alert: West Cornwall Rivers
  • Flood alert: Lower River Tamar
  • Flood alert: Middle River Tamar
  • Flood alert: Upper River Tamar

Whilst the worst of the rainfall has cleared, the Environment Agency warns standing water could linger for days.

"River levels have risen in response to overnight rainfall.

"The worst of the rain has now passed, but heavy showers are forecast for Saturday. River levels remain steady or are beginning to fall, but will remain high throughout the day.

"Take care near low lying areas prone to flooding as there may be standing water for several days.

"We will continue to monitor conditions and this message will be updated on Sunday, or earlier if the situation changes".

Environment Agency

You can check the latest flood alerts for Cornwall here.

What is the full forecast?

Sunday: "Scattered blustery showers and strong winds will gradually ease through the day. The showers may turn wintry over the moors at times. It will feel chilly in the wind".

Sunday night: "A band of locally heavy rain will move eastwards during the evening and may produce some snow over hills. The odd shower will develop towards dawn as the rain eases".

Monday: "The odd shower at first on Monday will become more frequent through the afternoon, accompanied by a few sunny spells. The showers may be wintry at times, especially over hills".

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday: "The unsettled and blustery theme will continue over the next few days with showers and longer spells of rain at times, interspered by bright or sunny spells".

Met Office

You can check the full forecast for Cornwall and the south-west here.

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