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Cornwall Flood Alert: Sunday Night

Cornwall Flood Alert: Sunday Night

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:41pm 25th November 2012 (Updated 6:37pm 25th November 2012)

More heavy rain is moving across Cornwall, as communities brace for another night of wild weather.

Forecasters say although the showers will not be as heavy as Saturday, the ground is already saturated, putting the Duchy at risk of further flooding.

holywell bay flooded in nov 2012The new deluge has turned roads into rivers and uprooted trees. One large fir tree has fallen across the A38 at Notter Bridge near Landrake, closing the road in both directions.

Winds are expected to gust up to sixty miles an hour in Looe and the Lizard.

Gill Risdale, Highways Agency South West Operations Manager said: "We have been working hard over the weekend to ensure our roads are affected as little as possible by the heavy rain. The forecast is for more heavy rain this evening and tonight."

"We encourage road users to check weather forecasts and traffic conditions before they set out, drive according to the conditions and be prepared to slow down. We are setting our message signs to warn of hazardous conditions but ask drivers to pay attention and observe the warnings."

For all the latest updates from the Environment Agency, click hereLostwithiel bridge high water nov 2012

Hellston disaster relief charity Shelterbox has offered assistance to emergency planners in Cornwall as they respond to incidents.

Lifeboat crews launched Falmouth's Inshore Lifeboat over a windsurfer thought to be in trouble off Restronguet.

Dozens of people had to evacuated from their homes in places including Millbrook and Mevagissey when torrential rain triggered flash floods on Saturday evening.

Around eighty homes ended up under water.

There is still one severe flood warning in place in the Duchy, for the River Cober at Helston. Twelve flood alerts are out for rivers across Cornwall and West Devon.

Keep up to date with the latest weather and travel information on Pirate FM's Twitter feed.

Superintendent Sarah Sharpe, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "We would ask people only to travel if they really have to and to stay away from swollen rivers and streams.
 
"Please do not walk into flood water it is exceptionally dangerous, and don’t be tempted to drive into flood water even if you think you can make it to the other side. The roads remain a risk in many areas due to surface water and flooding, abandoned vehicles, debris and fallen tree branches.

We are expecting more rain in the next 10 to 12 hours and our message to people is to stay indoors, stay safe and be cautious."

Thanks to Irena for the image of Lostwithiel, and Dreams of Cornwall for the image of Holywell Bay.

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