Mevagissey Community Flood Plan

Our community emergency plan

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Mevagissey is situated on the south coast of Cornwall, set in a valley surrounded by steep hills to the east, south and north. Heligan House is at the head of the valley with streams coming off the hills and surrounding farmland, running through the middle of village into the harbour and out to sea. Mevagissey is considered at risk of surface water, river and coastal flooding.

During the extensive flooding throughout mid Cornwall on 17 November 2010, it became apparent that Mevagissey was subject to tidal flooding with spring tides and also flooding from river and stream water. The latter had drastic consequences for householders in the centre of the village.

Mevagissey Flood Watch was set up after the 2010 floods, in association with the Environment Agency, Cornwall Council and Mevagissey Parish Council. We are partnered with Par and St Blazey Community Flood Group and Lostwithiel Floodwatch.

Mevagissey Flood Watch is a voluntary group reporting to Mevagissey Parish Council. Our activities are to promote flood awareness and inform the community by:

  • Working with local flood authorities to help reduce the risk of further flooding
  • Helping to support the community in affected areas before, during and after flooding
  • Raising awareness of the possibility of flooding within the community

The Mevagissey Flood Plan was launched along with the Par and St Blazey and Lostwithiel Flood Plans on 17 November 2011.

Since the plan’s launch, the plan and wardens have been activated six times for six different incidents with a common flooding issue. In some of the incidents, properties were flooded and our flood wardens worked with the emergency services to help property owners in protect their households.

The Mevagissey Flood Group is open to everyone, and we welcome your involvement and support. You can follow our progress on our Mevagissey Flood Watch Facebook page.