Cornwall’s multi agency group continues to provide help and support to communities affected by flooding
Last updated: 27/11/2012
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Members of the multi agency group set up to lead the clean up
operation in Cornwall are continuing to work with the local
communities affected by the flooding.
The recovery group, which was set up by Cornwall Council on
Monday 26 November, includes representatives of the Council’s
Emergency Management, Adult Care and Support, Fire and Rescue,
Public Health and Protection, Localism and Highways services, as
well as health partners, the environment agency, the major utility
companies and Devon and Cornwall Police.
With around 100 properties flooded across Cornwall over the
weekend, the Council has organised drop-in centres for this
evening, where specialist teams will be on hand with advice and
Drop-in centres will be taking place between 5pm and 7pm tonight
- Orchard Room, The Trinity Hall, Chywoon Hill, Newlyn
- Scout Hall, Fore Street, Millbrook
- Polperro Village Hall, The Coombes, Polperro
- Jubilee Hall, Mevagissey
It is likely that there will be further community drop-in
centres tomorrow evening – more information will be available
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.
Visit and if you want to offer help and support to flood-hit
communities, contact Volunteer Cornwall or 01872 265307
Advice for residents who have been affected by flooding
- 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.
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
- Don't switch on electrical appliances that have been in contact
with the flood water until a competent electrician has checked
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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Story posted 26 November 2012