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Further drop in sessions for flood-hit communities

Members of the multi agency recovery group set up to lead the clean up operation are continuing to work with the communities affected by flooding.

Around 75 people attended flood advice surgeries last night in Mevagissey, Millbrook and Polperro. A session was also set up in Newlyn.

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Three flood advice drop-in sessions have been set up for this evening in Helston, Ladock and Perranporth.

Staff from the Environment Agency, police, Cornwall Council’s localism and highways services, local councils, the voluntary sector and a range of other agencies are taking part in the surgeries which are aimed at helping people learn more about what happened and what they can do next. Representatives from Cornwall Development Company and other business support agencies will also be on hand with advice for businesses affected by flooding.

The drop-in surgeries are open between 5pm and 7pm at:

  • Isaac House, Tyack Road, Helston Village Hall, Ladock Perranzabuloe Hall, Perranporth

A further session is expected to be held in Cawsand tomorrow. Teams from the Council and voluntary sector are also planning to visit properties at other locations and to match up offers of help with where it is needed. Agencies will also be visiting businesses in Newlyn to offer advice. Read more about help for businesses affected by flooding

Meanwhile, the A39 at Perranarworthal has reopened after staff from Cormac and the Environment Agency carried out an assessment of an adjacent leat which had flooded onto the road and was at risk of further breaches. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s High Volume Pump was called to the scene in readiness to remove water, however with low rainfall levels predicted for the next few days, sandbags have been put out along the affected area. EA and Cormac staff will continue to monitor the leat water levels.

In Perranporth, South West Water is using the storm overflow from the pumping station to alleviate pressure on the sewerage system which has been overloaded and flooded several properties in the village. The storm overflow discharges into the Bolingey Stream – members of the public are advised to stay away from the stream for the next 24 hours.

Work is continuing on assessing the condition of roads, footways and bridges. Initial inspections carried out by staff from Cornwall Council’s Highways service over the past few days suggests that there has been relatively minor damage to the structure of roads.  However problems have been identified with several bridges including Roseney Bridge near Luxulyan.  Work is continuing on assessing the extent of this damage and any repair works which are necessary.

As many public rights of way (PROW) are near rivers and streams, walkers are being advised to take extra care in areas which have been damaged as a result of flooding.

A special fund has also been launched by the Cornwall Community Foundation for people wanting to donate money to help the victims of the flood

Find out more about applying to the fund.

And if you want to offer help and support to flood-hit communities, contact Volunteer Cornwall – enquiries@volunteercornwall.org.uk or 01872 265307

Visit our flood advice pages for more information, including a flood recovery advice pack. Members of the public can also call the Council for flood advice on 0300 1234 100.

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