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3:09pm 21st March 2013

Cornish families are being warned to prepare for more flooding.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain, with up to four inches predicted for parts of the Duchy.

That warning is upgraded to amber from 9pm on Thursday evening and lasting for the whole of Friday.

That is sparking fears homes could be washed out as the ground is still saturated from the recent wet weather.

Forecaster Margaret Emerson said: "Plenty of wet weather to come. Fairly generally, twenty or thirty millimetres of rain. But up on the moors and perhaps in southern parts of Cornwall, we could be looking at up to three times that amount of rain. Close on a hundred millimetres of rain, four inches.

"The rivers are going to respond quite quickly, because the ground is so wet. There's nowhere for it to go. So, it's a case really of keeping an eye on the weather forecast. Obviously, look at the detailed information with the specific flood warnings and weather people need to take that action.

The Environment Agency has issued ten flood alerts across Cornwall, which means flooding is possible and people should be prepared. The alerts covering the Rivers Fowey, Lynher, Looe and Seaton, Helford and Fal, St Austell and Par, West Cornwall, North Cornwall and Lower, Middle and Upper Tamar.

Ben Johnstone, from the Environment Agency, said: "We strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings on the Environment Agency website, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for possible flooding. We also ask that people stay safe and not try to wade or drive through any deep water.

"The Agency is monitoring river levels and expected to issue flood alerts and possibly flood warnings. There is expected to be snow further north and this could lead to significant travel disruption."

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Cornwall were flooded after torrential rain fell in the Duchy in December.

3:09pm 21st March 2013

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