Saltash residents warned to be prepared for heavy rain and strong winds

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By Em_Williams | Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 20:51

Following Met Office warnings of strong winds and heavy rain in the South West over the next few days, Cornwall Council is asking residents to be prepared and take precautions where necessary.

Warnings have been given for heavy rain and strong winds on Thursday 22 November and again for Saturday 24 November and Sunday 25 November.

Officers from Cornwall Council's Highways, Environment, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management services are on standby to deal with any problems caused by the severe weather.

Crews from the Highways and Environment services have been carrying out preventative works over the past twenty four hours, including clearing drains and monitoring local conditions. The crews will also be out from 8am tomorrow morning checking the areas known to be at risk of flooding.

Agencies across Cornwall will continue to monitor the situation over the next few days and if the weather situation deteriorates significantly the Council's emergency centre at New County Hall will be opened to co-ordinate information and lead any responses required. This will include representatives from a range of partners, including the Police, Environment Agency, Primary Care Trust and Fire and Rescue services.

Anyone whose property is prone to flooding should consider having a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business should they need to. 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 http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ or call the floodline on 0845 988 1188.

There are no coastal flood warnings in place as yet, but people are advised to keep a check on the local weather forecast and take action if necessary.

Anyone with responsibility for community Christmas lights and decorations should ensure they are properly secured against strong winds and consider turning off Christmas lights if the weather deteriorates. The Council also advises checking for any damp or damage before turning them back on. Any problems should be dealt with by a qualified electrician.

For further advice on preparing for flooding visit the environment agency website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ or the Cornwall Council website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/flooding

Members of the public are also advised to listen to their local radio or television stations for updates. Information will also be provided on the Council's website.

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