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- Flooding has hit Cornwall hard with the worst affected areas were Newlyn, Penzance, Mevagissy ,St Ives.
Flood update – 2pm
Cornwall Council is asking residents affected by yesterday’s floods to get in touch to help build up a picture of the impact the heavy rains had on the county.
A deluge of up to 50mm fell throughout the county during Thursday causing flooding across south Cornwall.
The information on flooded homes will help the Council and the Environment Agency to identify the reasons why some areas were affected and others were not and look at how this can be prevented, or the impact reduced, in future.
Council officers will also be able to offer advice to those homeowners who were affected by yesterday’s flooding on steps they can take.
The Council, and thepacket.co.uk, would also like to hear from anyone who has photos or video footage of the floods.
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The flood warning for the River Cober in Helston has been stood down
The flood warning for Tresillian has been stood down.
The multi agency silver control at Cornwall Council has now been stood down as the incident has now moved into "the recovery phase", with support for communities affected by the flooding, and environment staff working with the EA on the flood investigation side.
The latest forecast from the MET office suggests that the worst of the weather has now moved away from Cornwall, although there is still the possibility of some intense local showers.
Highways and environment crews remain on standby and are working with the EA to monitor river levels. The agencies are continuing to deal with the accident on the A39 and the ongoing incident with the landslip at Looe.
The police have now confirmed that an elderly woman living in one of the flats is missing. Specialist search and rescue crews from the fire and rescue service are currently at the scene but this is likely to take some time as the building needs to be stabilised before they can enter the property to carry out a search.
The police have handed over the lead for the incident to the fire and rescue service.
The Council has been asked to comment on the possible causes for the landslip but as the incident is still ongoing they are not making any statement, other than
“This is a very tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing woman. The council is working with the emergency services and the Health and Safety Executive to carry out a thorough investigation into the cause of the landslip”.
There has also been reports of a collapsed wall at Dockacre Road in Launceston. Fire and rescue and highways crews are at the scene.
More as it comes.
The lane at Degibna is almost impassable this morning after last night's heavy rainfall
Flooding at Degibna Chapel this morning
It certainly seems to be clearing in the Falmouth area, fingers crossed for some sunshine by the end of today!
Sniffer dogs have been brought in to help in the search for a missing woman after a building collpase in Looe.
A resident of the property, Mrs Susan Norman aged in her 60's, is unaccounted for according to D&C police.
Specialist fire search team offciers are on the scene in order to carryout a search of the building.
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All current Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings remain in force.
The Newlyn Coombe River has burst its banks in Newlyn. Flood warnings remain in force for the Bolingey Stream at Perranporth and the River Cober at Helston.
All Catchments are very wet. River levels will remain high. Further rainfall is forecast throughout Friday. This is forecast to improve towards evening. Some locations may receive heavier downpours this morning. This may lead to further rises in river levels and possible surface water hazards. The EA are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide an update as necessary.
A394 Breage: Flooding on A394 both ways at B3304. Near the main Porthleven Turning
A387 Looe: both ways closed due to obstruction on the road between Quay Road and Trelaske Lane / Sclerder Lane. Also affecting B3253 St Martin's Road both ways between A387 Station Road and Barbican Road Access in and out of Looe is restricted due to an unsafe building which has partially collapsed.
A30 Redruth: Just passable due to flooding on A30 between A3047 (Redruth) and A3075. Approach with care.
Road closed due to flooding between Scarcewater (Scarcewater) and St Columb Road (Fraddon). The accident has been sorted but the road is still flooded. Affecting traffic between the A3058 and the A30.
Flooding on Road between Croes-an-wra and St Buryan.
Newlyn Flooding: Photos by Lee j Palmer www.leejpalmer.co.uk
UPDATE: Looe building collapse
A resident of the property namely Mrs Susan Norman aged in her 60's is unaccounted for. Specialist fire search team offciers are on the scene in order to carryout a search of the building.
The A394 at Breage remainds flooded in both directions at the junction with the B3304.
On the A30 the road is just passable between Redruth and the A3075, because of flooding. Drivers are warned to "approach with care."
St Mawes ferry is out of action today due to the adverse weather conditions
Heavy rain last night saw Penryn’s Rebel Brewing Company taking on water.
Water poured off the waterlogged fields surrounding the company’s headquarters on the Kernick Industrial Estate.
Writing on its Facebook and Twitter profiles, the company said: “SS Rebel Brewing is taking on water due to the fields behind us being flooded. If this doesn't stop soon we're in trouble!”
It added that emergency sandbags were on their way but “this could get soggy.”
Updating later, the company added that the hops and malt used to make its beer were fortunately upstairs and dry, but it was a different matter downstairs.
“I hate to break it to you but we've sandbagged everything we can, now it's a waiting game.
“If only there was somewhere to pump it to. All the drains are backed up and the surrounding area is flooded too,” added the company.
Thankfully by this morning the water had subsided, leaving only a small puddle.
Brewer Ross Kessell told the Packet: “Everything was fine this morning. It did come in quite far but we’re alright now. It subsided overnight – we’re very happy.”
He added there was no damage caused by last night’s scare.
UPDATE:9.10am The multi agency Silver Control centre remained open overnight, with representatives from the Council, police and fire and rescue services dealing with incidents across Cornwall.
The Environment Agency are predicting between 14mm and 22mm of rain are likely to fall across Cornwall between now and 10 am.
The heaviest rain is expected to be south of the A30. This is likely to create surface water flooding and the possibility of landslips. The rainfall levels will then decrease, with drier weather expected in the afternoon – although there will still be the possibility of intense local showers.
The flood warnings remain in place on the rivers Cober, Bolingey and Tresillian – although the levels are also dropping here. The environment agency is continuing to monitor the situation closely.
The A39 at Kilkhampton remains closed in both directions following the serious accident this morning. This is likely to remain closed for some time.
Emergency services are currently on the scene on the incident at Looe where a landslip has caused the partial collapse of a property at Sandplace Road.
Around 15 people have been evacuated from this property and the adjacent properties. The people were initially taken to the police station but have now left to stay with friends and relatives. The Looe branch line has been shut as a precaution and specialist officers from the Council’s building control service and a geotechnical engineer from Cormac are on the scene to assess the stability of the property and the surrounding land.
UPDATE: Three roads are currently closed in Cornwall as a result of the severe weather. These are the B3287 between Tregony and Grampound where there are two abandoned cars, Hillhead at Penryn which has been affected by a landslip and Cathaebedron near Carnhell Green, in West Cornwall which has been affected by flooding.
UPDATE: The worst affected areas were Newlyn, Penzance, Mevagissy ,St Ives,
Update 11pm Thurs: The council said that further rain is expected to fall across Cornwall over the next few hours, with the heaviest downfalls predicted to affect West Cornwall. Around 50mm of rain fell yesterday and there could be a similar amount over today.
There are still flood warnings in place for the river Cober, Bolingey and Tresillian. River levels had been dropping in other areas, but the EA are monitoring them carefully in the light of the predicted further rainfall.
The main problem still appears to be surface water flooding which is continuing to affect a number of areas across Cornwall. One of the worst affected has been the A39 past the Norway Inn where the fire and rescue service have a high volume pump in operation to help reduce the water levels. There are also problems with surface water flooding in the Roseland area, with the road between Grampound and St Mawes badly affected. There are also continuing problems in Porthleven, Penzance and Newlyn areas and the road between Camborne and Praze.
There are reports of around 8 properties flooded so far, although there are concerns at the rising water levels in Newlyn where the water is edging towards some commercial properties.
The fire and rescue service had received around 50 calls between 6pm and 9pm, with around 70 firefighters dealing with incidents across Cornwall. CORMAC and environment crews are also working across Cornwall to respond to incidents.
Related links: Landslide causes block of flats to collapse in Looe