More heavy rain forecast following flooding in Devon and Cornwall

First published in Devon

After a brief interlude this morning more heavy rain is forecast for Devon and Cornwall this afternoon.

The Met Office has issued another severe weather warning saying after a drier interlude, further heavy rain is expected to affect Wales and southwestern parts of England during Sunday afternoon and evening.

Given existing levels of saturation, the public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding.

 

On a lighter note, a  number of ducks in Dawlish had a lucky escape.

A caged area used to raise young ducks on the river in the centre of Dawlish had to be forced open by police officers with bolt croppers to stop them drowning in the rising water.


More sombre news from Devon, as a woman in her late 20s died from her injuries when a tree fell on her and two others on Western Way in Exeter.

In Plymouth around 60 people have been evacuated from around 12 locations. The Ride was badly affected as was the Colebrook area.

Police officers have dealt with numerous reports of people stuck in their cars in the flood water across Devon.

There has been significant disruption to the road network affecting both local and main roads. The A38 where it meets the M5 was badly affected by surface water and the A377 west of Cowley Bridge remains impassable at this time.

Residents of a nursing home at Cullompton were evacuated as a precaution due to water levels.

Some of the areas badly affected were Dawlish, Exmouth, Topsham, Seaton, Newton St Cyres and Stoke Cannon.

 

Devon & Cornwall Police hae said that emergency services dealt with around 80 properties that flooded across the county in the last 24 hours.

The areas that were most significantly affected were Mevagissey, Polperro, Helston, Millbrook, Perranporth and Newlyn.

Officers have dealt with numerous reports of people stuck in their cars in the flood water but thankfully there have been no reports of anyone being injured as a result of the weather in the county.

 

A landslide at East Portholland, near Mevagissey, meant ten people had to be evacuated from their homes just before 2am.

They were helped to safety by firefighters from Mevagissey, who discovered the landslide at the back of a set of homes.

Building surveyors were called to inspect the area and the danger.

Tthe residents forced out made arrangements to stay with friends and relatives.

 

There is an ongoing flooding incident at Trenear, Helston where there are several properties suffering severe flooding.

Some residents were evacuated.

Fire crews from Helston and Camborne were at the scene from just after 3am and have been using three pumps to remove water.

Relief crews from Mullion arrived around 6am to take over, with the Fire and Rescue Service saying the incident would be continuing "for some time."


Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service said it has been "inundated" with incidents over the last 24 hours, which started at around 2pm yesterday.

Fire Control has received, or acted on, over 350 various incidents up to 6am today.

Rescue resources from every fire station in Cornwall have been involved.

The incidents that Cornwall Fire & Rescue have attended were classified as 'Life Risk' and crews also helped in major pumping out of properties that were severely flooded.

The High Volume Pump was sent to Perranporth to help remove a large volume of water from surrounding properties.

Most crews had returned home by 6am.

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