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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Flooding causes Christmas misery in SW England

Saturday 22 December 2012

The Environment Agency has issued 140 flood warnings and 345 flood alerts for England and Wales, while in Scotland there are 15 flood alerts and 17 flood warnings.

Driving becomes treacherous in parts of Cornwall
Causes


Impacts


·    Residents of Helston have been evacuated from their homes by the police as the River Cober bursts it’s banks
·    The town of Braunton in north Devon has been effectively cut off, with homes and shops under water, after the River Caen burst its banks.
·    Braunton councillor says newly-built £1 million flood defences have been 'overwhelmed'.




·    First Great Western is advising train passengers in the south west of England not to travel
·    In the West Country, rail services are suspended between Exeter St Davids and Taunton due to flooding and flood defences have breached in Devon and Cornwall
·    Replacement buses are in operation but Network Rail is warning that poor road conditions mean replacement buses are not able to run on many routes


·    A woman was rescued from her car by passers-by after it was swept into a river in Llancarfan in the Vale of Glamorgan
·    Firefighters in Lostwithiel were worried about water levels in a dam above the town with more heavy rain forecast overnight
·    In Lostwithiel around 195 people were advised to leave their homes, and a rest area was set up in the Community Centre.
·    Fire crews had been called to about 70 flood-related incidents across Cornwall since midnight.
·    Crews have attended incidents at St Austell, Lostwithiel, Looe, Helston, Hayle, Torpoint, Penzance, Probus, Durgan, Millbrook, St Columb and St Just.
·    Large amounts of surface water has been reported on roads in Cornwall as more rain lashes the county.
·    Several Football League matches were postponed because of the wet weather
·    The A38 from Bodmin towards Exeter is closed between the A374 Plymouth road and the A3121 because of flooding, and is expected to reopen at 8am, the Highways Agency said.



Sources: BBC News, ITV News, Daily Mail, Sky News


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