Cornwall’s multi agency Silver Control continues to deal with potential snow, ice and flooding issues

Agencies in Cornwall are continuing to deal with the issues caused by the snow, ice and flooding experienced over the past 24 hours.  

While the snow showers have now turned into sleet and rain, with air and road surface temperatures now above zero in most areas, it is still very cold in some parts of east Cornwall.  The advice from the police this morning is not to travel unless you have to and to please drive very carefully if you do need to go out.  The gritters were out 4 times yesterday, treating the 25 precautionary routes, and also secondary routes and responding to individual issues. They were out again at midnight and at 4am this morning. Highways teams are now assessing the situation to decide on any further action but there will still be patches of ice on untreated roads.

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Overnight there were issues with fallen trees in Gweek and Praze and there are currently issued with snow drifts and abandoned vehicles blocking some roads. Highways crews have been sent there with a snow blower to deal with the issue.

While the Truro Park and Ride service is operational today, members of the public can only park and use the Langarth site which will service both ends of the town. This means that there may be some disruptions to the normal timetable.

Fire and rescue crews, highways staff and the police are currently dealing with reports of flooding in the Lizard area, caused by a combination of high tide, strong winds and run off from melting snow. The worst affected area is in Porthallow where five properties have been flooded. The fire and rescue service received around 50 calls overnight – mostly to do with flooding and frozen pipes.

All 279 schools in Cornwall have now reported they are closed today – for detailed information on school closures and road conditions visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/snow

Cornwall Housing is operating an emergency service today ( dealing with emergency repairs and homelessness) and is asking customers to consider if their inquiry needs to be dealt with immediately and, if so, to use email and the website for non emergencies. The service should return to normal on Monday.

All waste collections in the east of Cornwall have been suspended today, with collections in the rest of the county operating as usual, with the exception of the Bring Back service which has been affected by the high winds. Further information will be posted on the Council’s website throughout the day.  

Penmount crematorium is fully operational but staff are still asking mourners to check that funerals have not been re-arranged by families or funeral directors.  While the drive and car parks have been gritted, pedestrians are being advised to avoid the memorial grounds where the paths have not been cleared.

Story posted: 2 March 2018