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Monday: Fresh Severe Weather Warning for Cornwall

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7:08pm 26th November 2012
(Updated 7:08pm 26th November 2012)

Cornwall is entering a fifth day of flooding misery.

There is another severe weather warning out with up to another two centimetres of rain set to lash down.

That will run into swollen rivers - some more than a metre above normal.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Heavy showers are expected to affect the area during Monday. Given the saturated nature of ground, the public should be aware of the possibility of further flooding and disruption to travel."

The yellow warning is in force until 10pm tonight. flood

There is still a flood warning out for Helston. The Environment Agency says flooding is expected around St Johns Road, St Johns Close, Coronation Park and Loe Pool. Properties around Mill Lane, the A394, B3302 and Skateboard Park may also be hit.

There are also a series of flood alerts. You can get the latest details here.

One home found itself under two foot of water in St Buryan last night and officials warn there could be more to come. A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue said: "Resources from Penzance were mobilised, on arrival crews found a property with around two feet of water inside, crews assisted the occupants and used a light portable pump to remove water from the premises." Crews dealt with another home flooded in Perranporth.

Around 114 homes were flooded across Cornwall over the weekend.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service had more than 520 emergency calls during the two days. 1,100 people called Cornwall Council's customer contact centre for help.

Drop-in sessions were held on Monday evening in Newlyn, Millbrook, Polperro and Mevagissey for those affected.

Advice includes:

  • Get an approved service engineer to check your property utilities (gas, electricity and water) before turning back on to ensure that all electrical circuits are fully dried.
  • Contact your insurance company before throwing anything away. Make a list of all damaged goods, including food. Take photos/videos if possible. Further information on insurance is available from the Association of British Insurers, www.abi.org.uk  
  • Don't switch on electrical appliances that have been in contact with the flood water until a competent electrician has checked them.
  • Cover open cuts and wounds on exposed skin with a waterproof plaster. Wear strong rubber gloves whilst cleaning up.
  • Remove as much dirty water and silt from the property as possible including cupboards, under cupboards and the space under stairs and floorboards if you have these. This may require pumping out.
  • Wash down all hard surfaces with hot soapy water several times until visually clean.
  • Use a domestic disinfectant, following manufacturer’s directions as to concentrations, to wash over all hard surfaces after cleaning.
  • Food preparation surfaces, storage cupboards and refrigerators should be washed down with food safe disinfectants such as Milton, Dettox or similar. 
  • Clothing, bedding and other soft/fabric articles including children's' toys etc should be laundered on a hot wash (60°C and above, but check washing instructions first) which will destroy any germs that may be present.


More information, including a flood recovery advice pack is available on the Council’s website www.cornwall.gov.uk/flooding.

Members of the public can also call the Council for flood advice on 0300 1234 100.


mevagisseyA Helston mum of a five month old baby's broken down in tears as she told how her family has lost everything in the floods.

Frances Packman had to pass little Jack out of the window to escape torrents of water on Saturday night. She said: "We had to take the baby out the window because all the water was rushing in. It was very sudden. We're safe and that's the main thing but it's been a big shock. We've lost everything really but I'm sure there are many other people like it in Devon and Cornwall."

The family are now trying to find a place to live.

Kelly ended up fleeing Tideford over the weekend during Cornwall's worst floods in a decade. She said: "My inlaws have lived there for twelve years and the river has never, ever burst its banks to this degree before. So we were a little, maybe, too complacent. There weren't any great flood defences in place because it's never needed it before.

"Make sure you get sandbags out. We only had a couple so it was no good for us. There were construction works nearby so we ended up getting breeze blocks, trying to block up the front and back doors and we just couldn't. We had to escape while we could."

Some flood victims in Cornwall have told Pirate FM confusion over sandbags delayed them protecting their homes.

Around a hundred saw water pour in over the weekend in places like Helston, Mevagissey, Polperro and Newlyn.

Jeffrey Lawrence lives in the fishing village and tried to help hold back the water on Saturday night. He said: "Nobody else had sandbags and we couldn't get any. The police said they couldn't help get any sandbags. Our neighbours telephoned the council to try to get sandbags and there were none available."

Late on Saturday night the Environment Agency tweeted it was running low of stocks in the Duchy and urged locals not to ask it or the council for supplies unless the situation was desperate.

But Sandra Rothwell from Cornwall Council says they do not keep stocks anymore: "We aren't able to provide sandbags right across Cornwall. It is people's individual responsibility to take precautions if they know their house is at risk of flooding."

She says potential victims have already been given lists of builders merchants where they can get them. Yesterday the Environment Agency supplied emergency sandbags to people in Cawsands after manhole covers were washed away in the floods.

Many are praising the council, Environment Agency, police, fire and other rescue teams for their actions over the weekend - which meant that nobody was injured by the flooding in the Duchy.

7:08pm 26th November 2012

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