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Communities across South West urged to prepare for flooding

The Environment Agency is warning communities in the South West to remain vigilant for flooding following the rain this morning and with further heavy rain expected later today and into Thursday.

Rain will fall on saturated ground, which is expected to lead to surface water and river flooding.

This is likely to lead to some flooding of property and roads, and cause travel disruption.

There are currently three flood warnings in place for the Somerset Moors and Levels but more are expected to be issued across the region later today and into tomorrow morning.

Our teams have been out around the clock to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding.

We urge people to keep up to date with the weather forecast and remain prepared for flooding in their area by signing up to receive free flood warnings and staying away from dangerous flood water or attempting to drive through it.

– Nick Roseveare, Environment Agency

Those in areas at risk should check the Environment Agency website for the latest information or by calling the Flood Line on 0845 988 1188.

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Environment Agency warns coastal communities of flood risk

High tides and gales force winds could cause coastal flooding in parts of the region. The Environment Agency has issued 11 flood warnings.

Spring tides and strong south easterly gales could cause problems for coastal communities in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall tomorrow and over the weekend.

A large area of low pressure across the North Atlantic has increased the risk of storm surges.

Agency gangs have been out checking flood defences and closing tidal flood gates at a number of coastal locations including Truro, Polperro and Plymouth Sutton.

The critical periods will be the early morning tides over the next three days.

If they co-incide with rain, there’s a risk of tide-locking where water is held in rain-swollen rivers and cannot escape into the sea because of the high tides.

This could result in localised flooding. We urge people to remain vigilant.

– Nick Roseveare, Environment Agency

Those in areas of risk should check the Environment Agency website for the latest information or call 0845 988 1188.

Museum money: Cornwall is given £135,000

Museums across Cornwall have been awarded almost £135,000 in funding.

A group, including Falmouth's National Maritime Museum and the Royal Cornwall Museum, have joined together to apply for grants and promote their collections. The money from the Arts Council will pay for improvements to websites, museum shops and audits of some of the collections.


Guesthouse owners win right to appeal

The Christian owners of a Cornish guesthouse who refused to allow a gay couple to stay in a double-bedded room have won the right to take their case to the Supreme Court.

A court had ruled that Peter and Hazelmary Bull breached equality laws but the couple claim their policy is not related to sexual orientation but sexual practice.

The couple say their policy is related to sexual practice, not sexual orientation Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Earlier this year Court of Appeal judges dismissed a challenge brought by Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who run Chymorvah House in Marazion, against a ruling they breached equality legislation when they turned away Martyn Hall and his civil partner Steven Preddy, who are from Bristol.

Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy were turned away from the guesthouse in September 2008. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images
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