All residents of Helston and further afield are being encouraged to attend a meeting on Tuesday looking at the possibility of the town flooding – and what to do if the worst happens.

It is designed to make the public more aware of flooding and begin the process of creating a flood plan for Helston and the surrounding area.

The open public meeting will begin at 6.30pm on January 28 in the Guildhall, although doors open at 6pm for refreshments.

Presentations will include “Climate Change and Flood Risk” by Professor Stephan Harrison of the University of Exeter, followed by “Students and Communities: Tapping into the Expertise” by Dr Jennifer Moore, also from the university.

Between 7.35pm and 8pm Martyn Alvey of Cornwall Council will be speak on “Community Resilience to Flooding.”

After a break for refreshments at 8pm, Kevin Barnes from the Environment Agency will give the final presentation on “The Environment Agency’s Role in Community Flood Resilience”, before group discussions take place on flooding scenarios.

The evening will end at around 9.30pm.

Town clerk Chris Dawson said: “We would encourage all residents of Helston and surrounding area to attend.”

He added that the Environment Agency was keen for people living in Porthleven, Breage and Wendron to go along as the same issues affected them also.

Helston has flooded on a number of occasions, most recently a few days before Christmas 2012 when St John’s Road sat under two feet of water.