Cornwall at risk of heavy flooding today as warnings issued

AN amber warning has been issued for rivers across Cornwall today with the Environment Agency warning many could be at risk of flooding.

It follows heavy rain overnight and through this morning, which is expected to have the most impact this afternoon.

More rain is then forecast for this evening.

Rivers across West Cornwall, the Helford River, and the River Fal are all on the list, as well as those in St Austell, Par, and throughout North Cornwall.

In each case, the EA has warned: “Flooding is possible – be prepared.”In West Cornwall, the River Cober in Helston has been highlighted as an “area of concern,” along with the Bolingey Stream, which has been placed in this category by the EA despite being near Perranporth.

The EA issued an update just before 11 am today, warning: “River levels are responding now and rising following the overnight rain.

“A band of heavy and intense rainfall is forecast to cross the county this morning, Friday, December 18, between 9 am and 12 pm. As catchments are already saturated, rivers are expected to respond quickly.

“Flood alert levels are expected to be met by early this afternoon.

“Areas of concern are the River Cober and the Bolingey Stream.

“A further band of heavy rain is expected between 5 pm and 8 pm this evening. Flooding of low-lying land and roads close to rivers is possible.

“Surface water may be deep, especially where leaves have blocked the drains.

“We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for, and clearing blockages.”

 


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