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Flood alert issued for Cornwall after heavy rain

The Environment Agency have issued a flood alert for North Cornwall.

Is means flooding is possible, and people should be prepared.

This was the scene at Polperro on the South East Coast on Sunday afternoon:

It's after heavy rain fell overnight on Saturday - causing river levels to rise.

This map shows the current areas of concern:

High water levels in the rivers mean flooding is possible. Credit: Environment Agency

Areas of concern:

  • River Camel
  • River Allen
  • Bodmin Town Leat catchment

We are monitoring the situation, and have operatives in the field, where required, to clear blockages.

– Environment Agency

Meanwhile emergency services are urging people not to try to drive through flood water.

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Firefighters in St Austell said they have to rescue people from two vehicles trapped this morning.

Credit: St Austell Fire and Rescue Service

River levels are expected to fall throughout the evening.


£8,800 fine for illegal waste sites in Gloucestershire

A man has been fined £8,800 for operating two illegal waste sites in Gloucestershire.

Sam Phelps, who ran ‘XP Wood Recycling’, pleaded guilty to two charges of deliberately operating illegal waste sites, which were a risk to the environment and a nuisance to the local community. Mr. Phelps was fined £400 for each offence and ordered to pay costs of £8,000 at Cheltenham Magistrates court yesterday (7 March 2016).

While on a site visit, an Environment Agency officer found a pile of shredded waste wood estimated to be at least four times the authorised amount. The nearby Severn Estuary, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, was at risk of pollution from the water run-off from this site.

“Waste crime is a serious offence with tough penalties as it can damage the environment, blight local communities and undermine those who operate legally. This case sends out a clear message that we will not hesitate to prosecute individuals when they do not abide by the law.”

– Environment Agency
An illegal waste site at Pilning, estimated to be 2500-3000 tonnes Credit: Environment Agency

Campaigners win battle over Clyst Valley

The Clyst Valley shrouded in mist this morning Credit: ITV News

Campaigners have won their battle to protect hundreds of acres of farmland near Exeter from being flooded regularly.

The Environment Agency has dropped a multi million pound project to create a tidal wetland area for birds in the Clyst Valley.

It's a victory for common sense. The Environment Agency must have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money on the consultants and it's achieved nothing. A small fraction of that money could have been spent repairing the ditches, picking out the dead trees, allowing the water to escape into the river like a natural flood plain should do.

– Michael Dart, Farmer
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