Flooding 29 Oct 23

Flood Warning from Environment Agency

Flood Warning in force: South Cornwall Coast from Gribbin Head to Rame Head.

Flooding is expected for: Gribbin Head to Rame Head including Fowey, Golant, Lostwithiel, Lerryn, Polruan, Polperro, Looe and the Looe Rivers and Seaton.

Immediate action required

Flooding is expected for Fowey, Looe and Seaton over the high tide on the evening of Monday 8th April. High water at Plymouth is at 18:32 on Monday evening. Times of high water will vary along the coast.

Force 7 southerly winds rapidly switching to northerly winds over Monday evening’s high tide. Wave heights of up to 5m are forecast with flooding to properties possible two hours either side of high tide. Expect tides to be up to 550mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions.

Large waves, spray and standing water are likely, so take care near the coast. Do not drive through flood water or waves.

Locations particularly at risk include Fore Street, Town Quay, Albert Quay and Caffa Mill Car park at Fowey, Quay Street and Recreation ground at Lostwithiel, Polperro Harbour, Quay Road and The Quay at Looe and the B3247 at Seaton.

We will continue to monitor the situation and issue an update by 11am on Tuesday morning.

Detailed tidal information for those who use it; The forecast high tide level at Looe is 3.19mAOD, 0.53m above astronomical tide level on Monday evening.

What you should consider doing now

* Act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your family and pets to a safe place.

* Businesses should inform staff and customers, ensure that they can get to safety and move stock to a safe place.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Use flood protection equipment, such as flood barriers, air brick covers and pumps to protect your property. Any equipment should be professionally supplied and installed to help reduce the impact of flood water.

* Move important items upstairs or to a safe place in your property, starting with cherished items of personal value that you will not be able to replace (such as family photographs). Next move valuables (such as computers), movable furniture and furnishings.

* You may need to leave your property, so pack a bag with enough items for a few nights away. Include essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance information, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Turn off gas, electricity and water mains supplies before flood water starts to enter your property. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.

* If it is safe to do so, make sure neighbours are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.

* Listen to the advice of the emergency services and be ready to evacuate your property if told to do so. Most evacuation centres will let you bring your pets.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/target-area/114FWT1T1EA00

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 311007.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.