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Sandbags at the ready as wet weather causes flood concerns: UPDATE
10:20am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Cornwall
UPDATE: There will be little respite from the wet and windy weather across Cornwall this week as the Met Office confirms weather warnings are in place through into Friday.
Wednesday should see a brief break in the downpours, however the bad weather is set to return on Thursday.
A Met Office spokesman said: "Although there is some uncertainty over timing, further bands of persistent and occasionally heavy rain are expected to spread to parts of SW England and Wales later on Thursday and continue to spread N and E overnight.
"Following recent wet weather this additional rainfall brings a continuing risk of minor disruption due to river and surface water flooding. Two day totals in the wetter areas especially hillier locations may reach 40mm and locally 60mm. Clearer but still showery weather should spread to at least southern areas during Friday."
Cornwall Council is asking residents to be prepared and take precautions where necessary as potentially heavy rainfall to affect Cornwall overnight tonight and tomorrow, "could be very intense locally, leading to surface water flooding".
Additional issues could be caused by the spring tides. As a result of the forecast the Environment Agency is advising people living in areas at risk of flooding to take precautions.
Officers from Cornwall Council’s Highways, Environment, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management services will be monitoring the situation closely and are on standby to deal with any problems.
Agencies are asking people to follow the advice on dealing with the potential heavy rainfall, and warn people not to drive through any flood water.
A council spokesman said: "During the floods which took place last year a number of householders reported difficulties in obtaining sandbags when the heavy rain affected their local area.
"As neither the Council nor the Environment Agency has a statutory duty to provide sandbags, anyone whose property is prone to flooding should ensure they have a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business should they need to. Local communities are also encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help with obtaining flood protection materials."
Sandbags can be obtained from builders merchants, DIY and hardware stores. Anyone who is unsure if their property is at risk can check on the environment agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the floodline on 0845 988 1188.
For further advice on preparing for flooding visit the environment agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or the Cornwall Council website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/flooding.
More heavy rain is likely to affect parts of Cornwall this morning accompanied by strong southerly winds.
The public should be aware of the risk of localised surface water flooding, more especially in urban areas and affecting roads around the rush hour.
The heavy rain should ease around the middle of this morning but more heavy rain is likely later today for which a further warning may be required.
The wet and windy weather is due to an active frontal system moving northwards across southwest England and Wales this morning. It is likely to bring 15-25 mm of rain fairly widely, falling in some six hours, with a risk of over 40 mm on higher ground.
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