More Floods to Hit Cornwall

People in Cornwall are being warned of further flooding as heavy rainfall is expected overnight.

Forecasters are predicting more showers into Thursday, with the possibility of heavy localised rain.

The Environment Agency said: “This rain will fall on already saturated ground resulting in a risk of further flooding in Cornwall.”

Heavy rain into Wednesday left villagers stranded, with some needing to be rescued as homes and cars were swamped.

The agency added: “We are monitoring the situation closely. Our teams are on the ground clearing debris from rivers and grates, checking flood defences and assisting emergency services.

“Elsewhere, river levels are now falling and the risk of flooding outside of Cornwall is low. The Met Office predicts a mix of sunshine and showers throughout Thursday and Friday, leading to a low risk of flooding.”

Devon and Cornwall Police dealt with a “major flooding incident” after drains were overwhelmed by downpours and villages were swamped with water.

A number of main roads were closed and train services in and out of the county were halted because of a landslide in Lostwithiel.

Many homes and businesses were inundated by floodwater which reached up to 6ft in parts.

Some 100 properties were evacuated in Mevagissey, and in Portloe an empty car was swept into the harbour.

Motorists were trapped in their cars in the seaside village of Pentewan and some vehicles were partially submerged in Lostwithiel.

No-one was injured but people have been advised to avoid travelling.

The AA said it recovered about 25 vehicles from floodwater in the affected areas between 7am and 10.30am.

The Eden Project tourist attraction was forced to close because of flooding in the St Austell area.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the Government stands ready to help people in “any way we can” and praised emergency services.