Penlee lifeboat rescue

The Penlee RNLI inshore lifeboat has come to the rescue of sailors whose yacht went aground in Penzance harbour

Waves batter the West Country

A combination of high tides and strong winds has led to flooding in coastal towns across the region

Heavy rain affects the West Country

Up to 62 mm of rain fell in 12 hours in parts of Devon overnight and the rest of the region was also affected. Roads and homes were flooded

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Seven flood warnings across the South West

Last night's heavy rain is starting to have its effect on rivers across the West Country. The Environment Agency has now issued seven flood warnings for the region as the water levels rise.

  • River Axe (Upper) from Winsham to Axminster inc Chard Junction & Weycrof
  • River Teign (Lower) from Chudleigh to Kingsteignton
  • River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St Mary
  • River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, including Staverton
  • River Yarty from Yarcombe to Axminster
  • A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge
  • Curry Moor and Hay Moor

Flood warning issued for Porlock Weir, Somerset

Satellite image of the affected coastal area. Credit: ITV News

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the Somerset coast at Porlock Weir.

Flooding is expected for the coastline between Gore Point and Hurlstone Point including properties on the lockside, businesses around the Harbour Masters office, Gibraltar Cottages and other low lying properties on the B3225 at Porlock Weir, at high tide on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.


Public meetings on beach water quality

East Looe beach: facing more stringent bathing water tests Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

People living around Looe in Cornwall are being invited to two public meetings today to discuss water quality on local beaches. It follows fears that Seaton and East Looe beaches may not meet more stringent water quality tests being introduced by the EU in 2015.

Jonathan Ponting from the SW Environment Agency, said: "Bathing water quality has improved significantly over the past two decades but more needs to be done by water companies, businesses, farmers, local authorities and communities to help at risk bathing waters pass the new standards"

The meetings are taking place at the Rusty Bucket Cafe in East Looe from 10am-1pm and the Downderry Working Men's Club at Seaton from 2.30pm-5.30pm.

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