Heavy rain continues to hit Saltash

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By Em_Williams | Monday, November 26, 2012, 17:02

As strong winds and heavy rain continues to batter Cornwall, the clean up after the weekend's deluge is still ongoing. Unlike the floods which devastated parts of Mid Cornwall in November 2010, this time the whole county was affected by the severe weather conditions including Saltash.

Today a flood warning remains in place for the River Lynher covering Rame Peninsula, Callington, Saltash, Rilla Mill, Pillaton and Landrake. The Environment Agency says the ground is saturated and with heavy showers expected into tomorrow morning the risk of flooding remains.

Yesterday the A38 had to be closed at Saltash between the Carkeel Roundabout and Trerulefoot Roundabout due to a fallen tree.

More than 230 staff from Cornwall Council's highways, environment and fire crews spent the weekend dealing with hundreds of incidents around the county involving flooded roads and properties and fallen trees. The latest reports show that around 114 properties were flooded across Cornwall.

The Cornwall fire and rescue service received more than 520 emergency calls over the two days, with the Council's customer contact centre receiving a further 1,100 calls from 4pm Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

Staff from the Council worked closely with a number of agencies, including Devon and Cornwall Police, the Environment Agency, South West Water, Highways Agency, Network Rail, health partners and the voluntary and community sector to deal with the calls and to provide support for individuals and communities.

For the latest flood alert information visit the Environment Agency website.

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