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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.

Flood alerts issued for Devon and Cornwall

The Environment Agency has put out flood alerts for some areas in the region. This is the lowest level of flood warning; it means flooding is possible, and residents should be prepared. The warnings are:

  • Upper River Tamar: Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water and Yeolmbridge
  • Middle River Exe: from Exebridge to Tiverton and the Rivers Haddeo, Batherm and Lowman
  • Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin area: the Rivers Caen, Bradiford Water and Yeo and coastal streams from Braunton to Combe Martin
  • River Dart: Totnes, Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Dartmouth, Torbay
  • Rivers Clyst and Culm: Hemyock, Cullompton, Stoke Canon, Broadclyst, Clyst St Mary

Full details can be found the Environment Agency's flood warnings webpage.

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