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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:01am 27th November 2012 (Updated 4:18pm 27th November 2012)

Cornwall has another night of flooding.

Crews have been pumping out homes and businesses in Perranporth after more rain.

Gale force winds ripped the roof off an electricity substation in Newquay.

Families hit by the deluge are getting a health warning.

The Duchy's Primary Care Trust is warning sewage and harmful bugs could be lurking in dirty floodwater.

Health bosses are issuing the following advice to help homeowners avoid infections:

- Cover any open cuts or wounds with a waterproof plaster.

- Wash your hands with hot soapy water.

- Wear rubber gloves for protection.

- Dispose of any food that have been contaminated by flood water.

- Check your fridges and freezers are working properly, and keeping foods at the right temperatures.

James Bolt, Associate Public Health Specialist, said: "In some cases, there is a possibility that sewers may have overflowed and some of the water has entered the homes. Obviously, the water may contain some bacteria, some bugs that may cause some ill health if people ingest them or they find their way into someone's body.

floodThere is a warning some Cornish homes and businesses hit by flooding could wind up being uninsurable.

Pirate FM has spoken to some being told they will have to pay an excess of £25,000.

Kevin Watts owns Mevagissey Newsagents and has been told he cannot have flood insurance at all:


"I've tried various insurance brokers around the country. I even tried my bank's insurance, but as soon as you mention the code PL26 they don't want to know. Purely because of where we live. It's the postcode."


The industry says government talks to fix cover are going nowhere.

Matt Cullen from the Association of British Insurers says the average clean up costs £30,000:


"That means that if you are at high risk of flooding then you should be charged high insurance premiums to make up for that, premiums that are high enough to be likely to be unaffordable for people in the long term. So, we don't want to go down that route as an industry"

The A39 has now reopened after being closed for several hours between Falmouth and Truro due to flooding. The stretch between the Norway Inn and Treluswell Roundabout was also hit by floods on Monday evening causing big tailbacks on diversions.

Network manager Peter Tatlow told Pirate FM: "We've got concerns over the stability of a leat which runs near to the A39. Until we can do a decent inspection we've really got no alternative but to close the road."

That meant a twenty mile diversion stretching through Ponsanooth, Scorrier, Redruth, Chiverton Cross and Truro.

There are still no trains between Looe and Liskeard, with services being replaced with buses.

The Environment Agency still has a flood warning in place for Helston and there are more alerts across the Duchy. You can see the latest here.


Fire crews dealt with five hundred shouts over the weekend saw no let up yesterday.

They were called to floods in Pendeen, St Buryan, St Just, Praze-An-Beeble, Cadgwith, Carnon valley, Bodmin, Polperro, Tregorrick, Perranporth, Chacewater and Bude.

But, for the first time in days, there is no severe weather warning for Cornwall from the Met Office.

That is raising hopes we may now have a chance to clear up and count the cost of the worst flooding in a decade.

Anthony Perry from the Environment Agency said: "There is a forecast for some showers but generally it looks as though the situation is going to get far better.

"People will be clearing out their homes and trying to get them back to normal. It is going to effect those people because it's going to take longer to dry properties out because central heating systems have gone."

Three flood advice drop-in sessions have been set up for Tuesday evening in Helston, Ladock and Perranporth.

Staff from the Environment Agency, Police, Cornwall Council’s localism and highways services, local councils, the voluntary sector and a range of other agencies are taking part in the surgeries which are aimed at helping people learn more about what happened and what they can do next.

Representatives from Cornwall Development Company and other business support agencies will also be on hand with advice for businesses affected by flooding.

The drop-in surgeries are open between 5pm and 7pm at:

  • Isaac House, Tyack Road, Helston
  • Village Hall, Ladock
  • Perranzabuloe Hall, Perranporth
  • Cawsand Bay Hotel, The Bound, Cawsand
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