Further drop in sessions for flood-hit communities
Last updated: 01/11/2013
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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
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.