There was no let up by the weather last week as the snow was replaced on Friday by Storm Emma - and she proved to be even more devastating to many coastal areas.

For while the rain and strong easterly winds may have helped the snow to melt, when combined with last week's high tides it caused large amounts of damage.

One area particularly badly affected was Porthkerris near St Keverne, where the road down to the beach was entirely ripped away.

Porthkerris Divers, which runs a scuba diving business at the cove, posted photos of the devastation on Facebook, saying: "We've completely lost the road down on the beach. Debris everywhere. Floods. This is going to be one hell of a repair job this time."

The community rallied behind them, however, with Andy Tylor of Lizard Contractors and Brent Rosevear of Rosevear Engineering starting repairs the next day.

Jo Anselmi, who runs the dive centre with her husband Mike, said: "They've been absolute stars, realising the urgency of it and keeping businesses running.

"They are doing an amazing job and we are so grateful that they could start so quickly."

The centre hopes to be back up and running soon, and well in time for the arrival of the first universities for their annual Easter training in just over a week's time, with Jo thanking the people of the local area for their "wonderful words of support and offers to help."

The road is used not just by the dive centre but also Cornish Sea Salt, which harvests its salt from the water there.

Less than two miles away, Porthallow was also suffering the effects of the high tide in stormy conditions, with Cornwall Council reporting flooding at five properties.

Firefighters from St Keverne were called to the village just after 5.30am on Friday, to help with the high water that was coming in to some residents' homes. They remained there working to pump away water until 10.30am and returned again at 4pm, for the evening high tide, but with the winds dropping, this time the village stayed dry.

Meanwhile in Porthleven, a large hole has opened up in Harbour Road, with the sea visible down through the road. The area was cordoned off by police with repair work getting underway on Monday. It is thought that a burst water main was responsible.