Council staff deal with flooding incidents
Last updated: 20/12/2012
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More than 100 members of staff from Cornwall
Council’s Highways, Environment and Fire and Rescue services were
involved in dealing with calls related to the flooding caused by
the heavy rain experienced across Cornwall over last night and into
Teams have dealt with around 60 incidents over
the last 18 hours, with 50 calls received by the Council’s customer
contact centre since 8am. The majority of these have
related to surface water flooding on some roads, with other calls
relating to flooding of individual properties and some minor
Specialist swift water rescue technicians from
Bude Fire Station were called to the aid of a driver who had become
trapped in flood water at Rodds Bridge near Lower Upton, Bude.
It appears the man became trapped after
driving over a humpback bridge crossing the Bude Canal. The
man managed to get out of his car, but as he was surrounded by fast
flowing and rising water, he called the fire service for help.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, the swift water
rescue team reached the man and escorted him to safety.
Members of the public are being advised to
avoid driving though roads which have been flooded, as this could
not only be dangerous for drivers, but could also create waves
which could push flood water into people’s homes and businesses.
The main incidents include:
Flooding incidents ( property / business premises etc) :
- Tywardreath – small landslip
- Newlyn Bridge
- Bugle – Bowling Green
- St Keverne
- Gorran Haven
- St Day
- Cornish Market Road, Par
- Mevagissey –minor landslip
- Lerryn – 2 minor landslips
Surface water flooding on roads:
- St Blazey
- A30 Canonstown and St Erth
- A390 Britannia
- B3275 Pentewan ( possible landslip)
- A274 Torpoint
- A387 Sandplace
- St Stephens
- St Buryan
- Baldhu Chapel
- Townsend / Fraddam B3302
- Coads Green B3257
- Leedstown B3280
- Glynn Valley - A38
- Quintrell Downs / Kestle Mill
- B3280 to Goldsithney off of the Marazion By
- Sweetshouse / Lostwithiel
- Splatt (Wadebridge)
- A3078 Tregony to St Mawes
- A39 Perranarworthal
- Hayle to Leedstown at Fraddam
Crews from Highways, Environment and the Fire
and Rescue service are continuing to deal with these incidents.
Please contact Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 100 with specific
The latest reports from the MET Office and the
EA state that around 60 mm of rainfall has fallen over night and
this morning. Flood warnings are in place for the Rivers Cober.
Hayle, Tresillian, Neet, Upper Tamar, Ottery, Kensey, Mid Tamar and
Lower Tamar. There is still an Amber rainfall warning in place
until 3pm. The rain is then due to clear from West
Cornwall. Friday is expected to be a mainly dry day.
However further heavy rain is expected on
Saturday, Sunday and Monday – with an average of between 15 to 25mm
, and the possibility of up to 30 mm over hills and moors. As
this is already falling on saturated ground, there is the
possibility of further localised flooding in some areas.
All the agencies are continuing to monitor the
situation and will react to incidents as required.
During last month’s flooding a number of
householders reported difficulties in obtaining sandbags when the
severe weather affected their local area. As neither the Council
nor the Environment Agency has a statutory duty to provide
sandbags, anyone whose property is prone to flooding should ensure
they have a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or
business should they need to. Local communities are also
encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need
help with obtaining flood protection materials.
Sandbags can be obtained from builders
merchants, DIY and hardware stores. Anyone who is unsure if their
property is at risk can check on the environment agency
website or call the floodline on 0845 988 1188.
Anyone with responsibility for community
Christmas lights and decorations should ensure they are properly
secured against strong winds and consider turning off Christmas
lights if the weather deteriorates. We would also advise
checking for any damp or damage before turning them back on. Any
problems should be dealt with by a qualified electrician.
For further advice on preparing for flooding
visit the environment agency website or the Cornwall Council website.
Story posted 20 December