Silver Control emergency team stood down as storm repairs begin

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Cornwall Council’s Silver Control emergency team has been stood down following a weekend of monitoring flooding and stormy weather.

Officers from the council’s highways, environment, fire and rescue and emergency management services have been overseeing the ongoing situation, but the recovery and repair stages are now taking full effect .

Over the weekend the council received reports of coastal flooding affecting 65 properties across Cornwall.

Officers from the localism department, working with local members and Volunteer Cornwall, have visited to offer support and advice and it appears that no-one has needed to be evacuated or rehoused.

In Looe around 20 properties (mainly business premises) were flooded. Cornwall Council and Cornwall Development Company are working to provide support with BITC (Business In The Community) to the affected businesses and are also beginning work with the Environment Agency to look at practical measures that may reduce the impact of coastal flooding in the future.

A council spokesperson said: “We continue to receive reports about significant damage to infrastructure and work to assess the damage and make safe is now the priority within the recovery stage. Further inspections are being carried out to ensure immediate safety.”

Key locations include:

• Towan Road, Newquay. The collapse of the road and damage to the area around the Blue Reef Aquarium

• Portreath, where a section of the finger pier and harbour wall has been damaged.

• Fistral Beach, Newquay, a balcony area of around 30m by the Fistral Surf Centre has collapsed along with the supporting walls under the Fistral International Surf Centre

• Seaton, a protecting wall built 15 years ago has been severely exposed

• Porthmeor Beach, St Ives. A significant amount of sand has piled up against the properties; residents are being advised not to move the sand as it is offering added protection against high tides and waves. Work is underway to remove debris from the beach that could cause further damage. Some properties were re-flooded this morning as high tide brought water right to the building line, a number of beach huts on Porthmeor have also been damaged and the decking for the café has suffered substantial damage.

• In Bude there has been damage to the breakwater at the canal and the beach huts. Further inspections will be carried out today.

Additionally, the council is out monitoring the risk at Gwithian Towans as it has received reports of a mine shaft collapse. There are also reports of a small hole in South Quay, Newquay.

Lower Kelly Road at Calstock, which was affected by a landslip on Christmas Day, is continuing to be monitored ongoing support offered to residents affected.

Members of the localism team will continue to work in close liaison with local members for the other areas to assess the impact and offer support where appropriate.

If anyone is aware of any communities or individuals who are in need of help and support following flooding email cornwallflood@cornwall.gov.uk – this mailbox will be monitored during normal working hours.

Any concerns about immediate risk to life and property should be reported to the emergency services on 999, reports of highway flooding or damage should be reported to 0300 1234 222.

For advice on preparing for flooding visit the environment agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or the Cornwall Council website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/flooding People have been asked to keep away from potentially dangerous areas like harbour walls, coastal paths and to not drive through flood water.

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