Falmouth escapes flooding

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By irgmcdonald | Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 14:19

Whilst Falmouth residents woke up this morning to quite nice weather, others further up the coast were not so lucky. St Blazey, St Austell and Lostwithiel have all been badly affected by flooding due to downpours last night.

People have been left trapped in their cars and homes after water in some areas rose to around 4ft deep.

The Coastguard are on standby and helicopters from RNAS Culdrose in Helston were launched earlier.

Roads Closed

Schools in the affected area have been closed as well as the Eden Project and parts of the A38. The A30 was closed earlier in the morning however has since reopened. The Council are warning that people should take great care when driving the flooded areas. 

The railway line between Liskeard and Lostwithiel has been closed as a result of a landslide.  The Newquay branch line is also currently closed because of flooding and rock falls.  

Falmouth has been spared the floods this time, however the town has seen it’s fair share of flooding recently. The Prince of Wales Pier and the bottom of the Old High Street have been covered by water a few times this year.

Further Risk

Currently there are 15 flood watches for rivers across the region. 

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “River levels are responding to the overnight rain in South West England and the Environment Agency is warning of a continued risk of flooding from rivers during today and overnight.”

The Met Office have said the as the week progresses, there should be less of a chance of flooding.

Have you been affected by the flooding? Let us know your experiences in the comments.

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