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Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has attended a number of calls in the Launceston and Callington areas where people have been caught in their vehicles in rising floodwater on the roads.

Heavy rain resulted in deep water in some places and a number of vehicles were involved.

The service helped several people from their vehicles to a place of safety.

A spokesperson said: "None of these situations were life threatening. The service would like to remind drivers not enter flood water where they cannot be sure of the depth or of a safe exit."

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Truro late night shopping still on - but street market cancelled

Late night shopping will go ahead as planned in Truro tonight despite the stormy weather conditions.

Tonight marks the last day of the city’s late night shopping for 2013.

The usual road closures remain in place and there will be scheduled street performers all over the city throughout the evening.

The only element that will not be running is the street market on Boscawen Street due to the high winds.

All shops, bars and restaurants will be open and welcoming people with their usual festive cheer.

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A fallen tree branch is causing traffic problems at Treluswell. 

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Following Met Office warnings of heavy rain and strong winds affecting Cornwall over the next five days, agencies are asking everyone to be prepared and take precautions where necessary.

The latest information from the Met Office is for heavy rain and strong winds to affect parts of Cornwall during late Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning, and then for more rain and strong winds to move in during late Friday and Saturday.

There is a risk that the combination of the saturated ground caused by the recent heavy rainfall, coupled with debris from the strong winds and the predicted further rainfall could cause minor flooding in some areas.


As a result people living in areas at risk of flooding are advised to take precautions and not to drive through any flood water. Agencies are also advising organisers of late night shopping events to take precautions.

Crews from the Council’s Environment service and Highways contractor Cormac Solutions Ltd will be out checking that gullies, drains and trash screens in flooding “hot spots” are clear of debris.

Officers from Cornwall Council’s Highways, Environment, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management services, Devon and Cornwall Police, CORMAC and the Environment Agency are monitoring the situation and are on standby to deal with any problems.

During the floods which took place last year a number of householders reported difficulties in obtaining sandbags when the heavy rain 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 www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the floodline on 0845 988 1188.

Members of the public are advised to sign up to receive free flood warnings from the Environment Agency website, check weather reports on the Met Office website or by listening to local radio and be prepared to change travel plans.

Further advice on preparing for flooding is also available from the council’s website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/flooding

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The Highways Agency has advised road users in Cornwall to be cautious as the county is hit by strong gales and heavy rain.

There are already reports of flooding on the A30 in Chybucca at the Allet turn off, with drivers urged to take care, and the agency also

It issued a severe weather alert for gales, warning road users that strong winds of up to 65mph, combined with heavy rain, will make driving conditions difficult along the most southern routes of the South West from 4pm until 11pm.

The agency said: "Road users driving high-sided vehicles, riding motorcycles or towing any kind of trailer are being urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys and to heed any advice such as speed restrictions once they are on the strategic road network.

"Met Office forecasters based in the Agency’s National Traffic Operations Centre are predicting southerly winds will increase to 50mph across most of the network late this afternoon, reaching between 60 and 65 mph along the most southern routes in the South West and South East."

Yesterday the Met Office put a weather warning in place as heavy rain and gales bear down on Cornwall.

Gusts are expected to reach 50 to 60 mph, with 70 mph gusts likely in exposed coastal areas on Wednesday.

Heavy rain may also cause some localised flooding across parts of the county, and across the SW. The rain will clear and the strongest winds will ease by the early hours of Thursday morning.

The public should be aware of the potential for minor disruption.

The chief forecaster says the wild weather is due to a deep area of low pressure passing close to North West Scotland during Wednesday evening, extending bands of heavy rain and gales across many areas from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning.

Adding: "Strongest gusts are likely in coastal areas exposed to the southerly winds. Heaviest rain will be on high ground in the west, with the potential for both river and surface water flooding."

After a brief respite on Thursday, the bad weather will return on Friday afternoon as heavy rain and strong to gale force winds, is expected to cross the UK from Friday afternoon and through Saturday morning.

The Met Office says that this will "bring some locally large accumulations, particularly on hills, and following previous wet weather is likely to lead to some localised flooding".

This second bout of wild weather is due to a deep low pressure system expected to move across the Atlantic later this week, arriving into western parts of the UK on Friday afternoon.

Adding that with mild air and strong winds some large rainfall totals are possible, particularly over high ground. However there remains some uncertainty around this system and this alert is likely to be updated in the coming days.

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5:31pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

It's raining 'Packets' in Mullion.
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