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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:02pm 14th May 2013

There is a flooding warning as heavy rain batters Cornwall.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain.

Its Chief Forecaster said between 20 and 50 millimetres could fall in parts of the Duchy on Tuesday evening and into the early hours of Wednesday.

The Environment Agency has issued Flood Alerts for nine Cornish rivers: West Cornwall Rivers, St Austell and Par Rivers, River Fowey, North Cornwall Rivers, Upper River Tamar, Rivers Looe and Seaton, Helford and Fal Rivers, Lower River Tamar and River Lynher.

You can see a full round up on the Environment Agency's website.

Officials are urging families to prepare, especially people living in areas at risk of flooding.

Officers from Cornwall Council's Highways, Environment, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management services are monitoring the situation closely and are on standby to deal with any problems.

Agencies are asking people to follow the advice on dealing with the potential heavy rainfall, and warn people not to drive through any flood water.

During the floods which took place in March a number of householders struggled to get hold of sandbags when the heavy rain affected their local area.  

Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency do not have a statutory duty to provide sandbags.

Sandbags can be obtained from builders merchants, DIY and hardware stores. Anyone who is unsure if their property is at risk can check on the environment agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the floodline on 0845 988 1188.

Local communities are also encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help with obtaining flood protection materials.

For further advice on preparing for flooding visit the environment agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or the Cornwall Council website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/flooding

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