Flooding, trapped travellers and electricity down - the aftermath of Cornwall's storm. PHOTOS (From Falmouth Packet)
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Flooding, trapped travellers and electricity down - the aftermath of Cornwall's storm. PHOTOS
8:56am Tuesday 24th December 2013 in News
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has reported that it received more than 100 calls between 9pm and midnight yesterday.
A spokesperson said it had been “inundated with calls” yesterday evening following a spate of flooding and weather related incidents.
Flooding was experienced from Helston in the west right up to Launceston in the east.
Firefighters had to deal with a range of incidents during this time, including domestic flooding, people trapped in vehicles in flood water, electricity cables down and one fire.
At 12.20am 11 appliances were still out dealing with emergencies, although the numbers of calls dropped off from midnight.
A number of different agencies were at St Johns Bridge in Helston, as it was believed that the river could burst its banks.
Crews used two main pumps to remove water from the road, with a high volume pump from Newquay set up ready to pump water to alleviate pressure on the bridge.
A second high volume pump from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue was also sent down to Helston.
The storms made travelling difficult on all networks. It is understood that on the A39 the fire service had to rescue a number of people trapped in their cars, while on the railways passengers heading to the south west from London were trapped on a train five hours overnight, at Taunton, because the line was impassable. It is believed they were subsequently taken the rest of their journey by taxis.
South West Trains has said it will not be running any services before 10am because of 28 trees blocking lines.
In the Penryn area the A39 between Treluswell and the Norway Inn at Perranarworthal remains closed this morning due to flood water on the road, with the B3304 also blocked between Breage and Porthleven, and between Helston and Porthleven. Bissoe Bridge is closed at the junction with Bissoe.
Many homes were returned to power over the course of the evening, but some remained in the dark overnight. It has been reported that more than 5,000 were without electricity during the height of the storm.
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Fences blown down in Mill Lane, Helston. Photo: Kathy White
The scene in Helston last night as fire crews pump the River Cober. Photo: Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service
A fallen tree blocks Church Lane in Helston.
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