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10:38am 23rd November 2012
(Updated 10:38am 23rd November 2012)

The clear up is underway in Cornwall but Pirate FM has told more storms are heading our way.

There are still ten flood alerts out for the Duchy's rivers. They are for the St Austell and Par rivers, Looe and Seaton, Fowey, the whole of the Tamar, Lynher, Helford and the Fal, and the north and west Cornwall rivers. The rivers Tavy and Walkham across the border are also on alert. The latest updates can be found here with an interactive map here.

It is after we were hammered with torrential downpours and gale force winds. They tore down trees - and left one and a half thousand people without power from Penzance to Torpoint.

Western Power had reconnected the remaining homes by Thursday night.

You can see some of the pictures of the worst of Cornwall's weather here.

Torpoint nursery is shut on Friday after being flooded.

Looe's Wild Futures' Monkey Sanctuary is launching an appeal to repair the damage after water poured through the ceiling. Keepers were able to get the animals to safety, but the flood has hit computers, carpets and the education library.

 

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Education Officer Claire Turnbull said: "I couldn't believe it - water just started falling through the ceiling into the light fittings and onto desks and computers. It happened so fast and before we knew it we were up to our ankles in water with the lights off

"I cannot believe the destruction it has caused. It's just terrible. Our education resources are vital for the work that we do in educating local schools, colleges and universities on conservation and primate welfare. Not to mention the computers - we cannot function without them. The weather has really affected us in many ways this year - our visitor numbers were down due to the wet summer. There is nothing in the budget to repair this kind of damage and destruction."

But forecasters for the Met Office warned that there is more wild weather to come. It has issued a severe weather warning for Cornwall for Saturday and Sunday.

A spokesperson said: "Many areas are likely to experience a period of very wet and very windy weather over the weekend. The public should be aware that some flooding is likely, and winds could potentially cause damage to buildings and uproot some trees. Given the saturated ground there is potential for the rainfall to lead to considerable disruption in some areas, though at this stage details are uncertain. Equally some regions will escape with minimal impacts."

More gale force winds are also expected along the coasts, with gusts of up to 70 mph predicted for Tintagel and the north coast.

Sarah Oatey from Antony near Torpoint has already lived through flooding once. She is worried she could be facing a repeat. She told Pirate FM: "Because of the rain the drains can't take the water away. It came in under the lounge floor into the hallway. We're surrounded by the sea and the rivers so we're always very aware of what the water conditions are like.

"The road around the corner here is absolutely covered in leaves and is really slippery and very dangerous, so I guess that could only get worse."

10:38am 23rd November 2012

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