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Sunday: Cornwall Warned to Expect More Rain

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8:14am 23rd December 2012
(Updated 8:14am 23rd December 2012)

Cornwall's been battered by another night of rain and floods - but it was not as bad as it could have been.

Forecasters say we can expect a lull, with some light rain, before another band of heavy rain storms through later.

They warn that will not give rivers time to deal with the water that has already fallen.floods

On Saturday night almost two hundred people in Lostwithiel were urged to flee their homes amid fears the town's flood defences could be breached by a combination of torrential rain and high tide.

Emergency teams, including those drafted in from eleven different RNLI crews, conducted a door-to-door operation to warn families of the danger. Scroll down to watch the rescuer's eye view video.

Kim has been watching the water inch towards her front door. She said: "We've just moved all the Christmas presents up to the next floor just in case. We've got to hope it just starts to go back."

Helston international aid charity Shelterbox rushed a response team into the town with tents and blankets to prepare for the worst.

But defences held and levels in the River Fowey have dropped enough for the Environment Agency to stand down a severe flood warning for the stretch from Trekeivesteps to Lostwithiel.

One severe flood warning remains in place for Helston, where water levels are still rising in Loe Pool. But an overnight pumping operation in the Cober seems to have worked, since levels have been dropping.

There has also been flooding in Millbrook, Par, Wadebridge and Torpoint overnight.

You can find the latest list of flood warnings and alerts here.


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Cy Brandel is among those ordered out of their homes in Lostwithiel. He said: "We were woken up by megaphone announcements and things. I had a look at the back garden out of my bedroom window and it was three to four foot under water. We had a knock on the door and they basically told us to get our things and turn the electricity off.

"We just all got on the lifeboat and had to go. It's only been earlier this morning I've been back to inspect the damage. I think the back and the kitchen certainly have been breached, but the front doesn't look too bad at the moment."

Flood warden Rob Peareth said: "It's a wonderful place. The community spirit is the highest of anywhere I would say. The whole community works together."


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Elsewhere, teams aretrying to clear a landslip in Looe that has left two hundred people in Hannafore cut off.

It was shut overnight after engineers raised concerns of the stability of a retaining wall and a spring affecting the area.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: "Structural and geo technical engineers will be on site on Sunday morning with a gang from CORMAC to carry out works to stabilise the situation. It is expected that the road will be partially re opened for public access under traffic light control by early afternoon. In the meantime local arrangements are being made to provide access for emergency vehicles only.

"While the agencies are trying to resolve the situation as quickly as possible public safety is of paramount importance."

 

Forecast

The Met Office has stood down an amber weather warning which had covered Cornwall, replacing it with a yellow warning which runs out at midday on Sunday.

However, another amber warning is due to come into force at 3am on Christmas Eve morning. A spokesperson said: "A further spell of wet weather is expected to affect parts of England and Wales on Christmas Eve. Given already saturated ground from recent rainfall, the public should be prepared for an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding along with disruption to travel."

Officials are predicting up to another 30mm of rain could fall.

The latest satellite predictions, seen by Pirate FM, show the next band of rain is expected to arrive in the Duchy at around 4pm on Sunday afternoon.

Picture Credit: Shaun Bartett

Video Credit: RNLI

8:14am 23rd December 2012

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