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Summary

  1. Big clean-up begins after flash flood hits Coverack
  2. --- Flash flooding saw torrents of water sweep through the Cornish village on Tuesday afternoon
  3. --- Coastguards rescued a number of people trapped in their homes
  4. --- Residents reported hailstones the size of 50 pence pieces smashing windows
  5. --- About 50 properties have been affected by flooding
  6. --- Woman, 87, climbed out of bathroom window
  7. --- Sewers compromised but drinking water is safe, says Environment Agency
  8. --- Council reserves 'will be used' to repair damage
  9. --- All roads in and out of the village remain closed
  10. Updates on Wednesday 19 July 2017

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Andrew Segal

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Live updates on the Coverack flash flooding have finished for the day.

You can get the latest on this story on the BBC Cornwall website, on Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30 and the BBC News Channel.

Coverack flash flood: Boulders removed from watercourses

BBC Radio Cornwall

Coverack boulder removal
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Coverack boulder removal
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Work has begun to remove huge boulders from the watercourses around Coverack.

Teams from Cornwall Council's contractor, Cormac, have been dealing with damage caused by water reaching heights of 4ft during flash flooding on Tuesday.

The Environment Agency earlier said that some water courses in the Coverack area had been polluted and some sewers compromised, but that drinking water was safe.

Coverack flash flood: What we know

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Coverack
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  • A flash flood has destroyed a road and 50 properties have been affected in the Cornish village of Coverack
  • Heavy rain and hail moved in to the village at about 15:00 on Tuesday before it was declared a major incident at about 17:20
  • A coastguard helicopter was deployed to rescue two people trapped on a roof. There were also reports of people trapped in outhouses and in attics as water rose
  • No reports of any injuries
  • The Environment Agency said some water courses were polluted and some sewers compromised, but drinking water is safe
  • A generator was brought in to provide electricity for a care home after it lost power on its ground floor
  • About 150 people attended a public meeting to discuss the aftermath of the flooding
  • Insurers said they were "on the ground supporting people" affected by the flooding
  • Cornwall Councilor Adam Paynter said cash for repairs - already estimated at more than £1m - would be used from the authority's contingency fund
  • He also said road repairs would "start as soon we can" and contractors would stay in the village until the work was completed
  • Cornwall Council added that it had assurances that the government would help with a £1m bill to clean up the village

Coverack flash flood: Work to repair roads 'to start as soon we can'

Justin Leigh

Presenter, BBC Spotlight

Coverack road. Pic: Adam Paynter
Adam Paynter

Work to repair roads in Coverack will "start as soon we can", the leader of Cornwall Council says.

Flash flooding left huge piles of rocks and stones blocking roads and road surfaces torn up in places, some exposing pipes underneath (pictured).

Cornwall Councilor Adam Paynter said "getting roads reinstated is a priority for us".

He added: "We don't have timeframe on that yet.

"We'll get the heavy kit in tomorrow and we'll start as soon as we can."

Coverack flash flood: 'Don't get mud on hands' warning

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Intense weather which caused flash floods that swept through the village of Coverack lasted comparatively a moment but the clear-up will carry on for months.

As well as this, people are being asked to be cautious about mud left behind by the flooding and to not get it on the hands if they can.

People should also wash their hands before eating, it's being advised.

Coverack damage
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Coverack flash floods: In pictures - Walls, roads and homes damaged

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Damage in Coverack. Pic: PA
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Damage in Coverack. Pic: PA
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Damage in Coverack. Pic: PA
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Coverack flash flood: Council 'told government will help with £1m clean-up bill'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council says it has assurances that the government will help with a £1m bill to clean up the village of Coverack.

Coverack flash flood: Aid worker comes from Slough to help

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Coverack flash floods: Residents deal with aftermath

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

We follow the start of people in Coverack dealing with the aftermath of flash floods.

Warning of more UK floods after helicopter rescues in Cornwall

The Guardian

Much of England and Wales has been warned to prepare for more stormy weather and localised flooding after several people in Cornwall had to be rescued from flash floods overnight.

Coverack flash flood: Driver and boy 'had to leave bus through hole cut in hedge'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A school bus driver caught up in the Coverack flood wanted to ensure his sole passenger got home because he "wanted to make sure the boy was safe".

Driver Thomas Duffield, from Penzance, said his vehicle was "pummelled" by rocks, stones and boulders on a steep hill approaching the Cornish village in the flood on Tuesday.

Mr Duffield said the vehicle couldn't move any more and "in the end the emergency services cut a hole in a hedge in a property next to the bus and got us both out".

"Thankfully we got out of there safely, and when I turned up for work this morning I had my colleagues bowing at me which was quite funny."

Coverack flash flood: More video of the floods

Jon Kay

BBC News

Coverack flash flood: Council contractors continue clear-up

Coverack flash flood: Storm clouds seen from miles away

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Storm clouds. Pic: Deborah Anne/Facebook
Deborah Anne/Facebook
Storm clouds. Pic: Deborah Anne/Facebook
Deborah Anne/Facebook

Deborah Anne showed us these photos of storm clouds about the time when Coverack was suffering from flash flooding, which could be seen from Mullion - about six miles away as the crow flies.

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Coverack flash flood: Coastguard helicopter involved in rescue

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Two people were rescued by a coastguard helicopter after water burst in through a door in their home, which was 5ft to 6ft deep in places.

Coverack flash flood: Generator for care home

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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A generator has arrived for a care home in flood-hit Coverack after it lost power on its ground floor.

Cornwall Council transport portfolio holder Geoff Brown said the home's power situation had to be addressed because it was the "main concern" for the authority.

Coverack flash flood: Coastguards' video shows waters flowing

Coverack flash flood: Firm offers cleaning products to help with clear up

Coverack flash flood: 150 attend aftermath public meeting

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Coverack
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About 150 people crammed into a room at a village hotel to discuss the aftermath of the flash flooding at Coverack.

The public meeting, at the Paris Hotel, heard from members of Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council the fire service, the Environment Agency and council contractors Cormac

There has been a lot of praise for the community spirit in the village, and also for the emergency services.

Coverack flash flood: Environment Agency‏ 'on the ground'

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan upsets viewers over Coverack flooding

Cornwall Live

Presenter Piers Morgan has upset viewers by his onscreen handling of the flooding in Coverack.

Coverack flash flood: Affected locals treat visitors

Jon Kay

BBC News

Coverack flash flood: Village 'busy with emergency vehicles'

Coverack flash flood: Insurers 'on the ground supporting people'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Insurers say they are "on the ground supporting people" affected by flash flooding in Coverack.

The Association of British Insurers said firms "proactively contacted customers yesterday to start processing claims and find out what help customers needed".

Coverack house
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Laura Hughes, of the ABI, said: "Flooding is very traumatic for those affected, and the speed and force of the water which swept through Coverack must have made this a very frightening experience.

"The core purpose of insurance is to offer help and support when disasters like this happen.

"Insurers have been quick to contact customers in the area and to get people on the ground so they can support residents with the clear-up and start the process of repairing homes and businesses."

Coverack flash flood: Free cleaning supplies in the village

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Cleaning supplies
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Many people in the village are talking about community spirit after yesterday's flood.

Here's another example: someone has left out cleaning supplies for those who need them.

Coverack flash flood: Bus driver had boulders 'the size of a wheel' hitting his vehicle

Press Association

Thomas Duffield
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A school bus driver caught up in the Coverack flood said he was determined to ensure his sole passenger got home safely after they became stranded on a precarious stretch of road.

Father-of-two Thomas Duffield said the driving conditions were the worst he had experienced, with huge boulders "the size of a wheel" crashing into his vehicle on a steep hill approaching the Cornish village.

Mr Duffield, from Penzance, said he made his way safely down the hill by keeping in a low gear and at low speed, before his journey was halted by abandoned cars.

The 33-year-old said he was so concerned about the surging water and debris that he kept pressure on the foot brake, despite the handbrake being applied as they waited for help.

He said: "I felt a little bit uneasy about taking my foot off the pedal, because it was like we were in the water rapids.

"I thought that one large impact, at the wrong moment, could send the bus even further down the hill."

Coverack flash flood: Airlifted woman describes 'absolute nightmare'

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight

One of two people airlifted from their home in Coverack to safety yesterday has described flash flooding in their home as an "absolute nightmare" that has left them "devastated".

Penny Hammill and her husband, Christopher, were rescued by a coastguard helicopter after water burst in through a door and was 5ft to 6ft deep in places.

Coverack airlift. Pic: Peter Wood
Peter Wood

Mrs Hammill, who is in borrowed clothes and staying with friends, said: "The water came downstream on both sides of our property. It came in the back gate and was so fierce it opened the bottom half of the stable door and came streaming into the kitchen.

"Everything's ruined. The dishwasher was floating around the middle of the kitchen and the washing machine was bouncing up and down like a boat.

"We had to go upstairs to get out of the water and eventually the helicopter came. It took out us out the front window one at a time and dropped us in the field next door."

Coverack flash flood: Emergency phone number set up

Parts of UK soaked by half a month's rain in one hour

Press Association

Some areas of the UK received more than half a month's worth of rain in just one hour on Tuesday as flash floods hit parts of Cornwall and Kent.

The heaviest rain recorded by the Met Office on Tuesday was at Reading University, where 1.4in (36mm) of rain fell between 21:00 and 22:00. This is more than half the average rainfall expected over the entire month of July, which is usually around 2.3in (57.5mm).

But flash flooding in Cornwall on Tuesday night was not reflected in the amount of rain recorded by the Met Office in the area.

Forecaster Craig Snell said the most rain water gauges in Cornwall recorded was 0.08in (2mm) an hour at 14:00 on Tuesday. "Their gauges did not record that much at all," he said.

Despite these figures, flash floods hit the Cornish coastal village of Coverack, where 50 properties were affected and several people had to be rescued from their homes.

"[Flash floods] can be very, very localised," said the forecaster. Mr Snell said local geography affects whether heavy rain turns into flash floods.

"There are a lot of local factors," he said, "If it's more hilly, which is what we saw in Cornwall, water moves quicker. The amount of rainfall in Cornwall might not necessarily cause [flash floods] somewhere else."

Dealing with Coverack flash flood 'horrendous'

Dealing with flash flooding in Coverack "was horrendous", a firefighter says.

Retained firefighter Dale Reardon, 54, was sent to the west Cornwall village to help residents on Tuesday night after his station got the call at about 16:00.

Mr Reardon, a firefighter for 20 years and shift manager based at Helston, said: "It was horrendous - just such a large amount of water in such a short time.

"As it was, nobody was really badly hurt. The coastguard came in and airlifted some people to safety because we couldn't get to the houses."

"Basically, it has affected a lot of people's homes and it could have been a lot worse. I don't know how long it will take for them to get their homes back to how they were.

"We were quite busy helping people, pumping water out of their properties and using buckets and shovels and things like that."

Coverack. Pic: Getty Images
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Coverack flash flood: 'Stay out of the water' warning

Coverack flash flood: Woman, 87, climbed out of bathroom window to safety

BBC Radio Cornwall

An 87-year-old woman had to climb out of the bathroom window to safety during a flash flood in Coverack.

Rosemary Keane (pictured with daughter-in-law Mary Roberts) lives in an annex adjoining her daughter's house.

Rosemary Keane and Mary Roberts
BBC

She said: "I really was terrified to be trapped in the flat.

"My son took the window out and a friend got in behind me and my son was in front. One was pushing and the other was pulling."

Mary Roberts spoke to us earlier about losing some of her possessions in the flood.

Coverack flash flood: Main road 'expected to be repaired in weeks'

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Coverack meeting
BBC

Coverack's flood-damaged main road is expected to be repaired in "weeks rather than months", a council cabinet member says.

The comments made by transport portfolio holder Geoff Brown were greeted with applause at a public meeting in the village (pictured).

He said council contractor Cormac would be in the village with heavy plant machinery on Thursday and staff would "not be leaving until it is complete".

Coverack flash flood: A 'freak incident'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Meetings have been taking place this morning in Coverack and at County Hall, Truro, to plan the clean-up operation after the village was hit by a 4ft torrent of water during what a senior councillor says was a "freak flash flood".

The main access road down into Coverack has been ripped up and will cost thousands of pounds to repair. Boulders, and debris litter the beach and sewage and water supplies will need urgent work.

Sue James, Cornwall Council member responsible for the environment and public protection, said: "It was a freak flash flood, I think.

"People say who have lived here for 50 years that they've never seen anything like it. It wasn't something that could be predicted."

Coverack. Pic:
Adam Paynter

Coverack flash flood: Care home power loss 'a main council concern'

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

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A concern for Cornwall Council in the aftermath of the Coverack's flooding is that a care home has lost power on its ground floor, a council cabinet member says.

Transport portfolio holder Geoff Brown (pictured right) said that was his "main concern at the moment" at a public meeting in the village.

He also told the meeting that a generator was on the way.