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Mevagissey 'still counting flooding costs'

Mevagissey in November 2010
Image caption Mevagissey was inaccessible at the time of the floods

Many shops in Mevagissey are still being repaired three months after severe flooding, business owners in the village have said.

Homes and shops in the fishing village and tourist destination were devastated by floods on 17 November.

There have been delays in starting some work because some properties have taken so long to dry out, owners said.

Traders who have been open over the winter said they had only low numbers of visitors.

About 230 homes and 400 businesses were affected by the November flooding, with Mevagissey, Lostwithiel, St Blazey and St Austell among the worst hit areas.

Some properties were left under 3ft (1m) of mud and about 100 households had to be evacuated.

However, Mevagissey shopkeepers said they have been busy throughout the winter months preparing for the holiday season.

Restaurateur Andrew Newsham said: "As far as we're concerned we need to get up and running and let people know that Mevagissey is open.

"We're all raring to go for the new season."

Some people have lost their livelihoods. Others still can not live in their own homes.

Spring tide concerns

Mevagissey trader Lisa Newsham said: "A few days ago we had to go out and buy some sand bags because it was the first spring tide.

"The local businesses were quite panicked about this. We went out and bought the bags and built up a defence."

The Environment Agency said it was planning improved early warning systems and structural works.

Many traders said things were getting back to normal, but they would welcome more support.

They have called for the new defences to be put in quickly.

St Austell and Newquay Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert said: "I've been working very closely with the Environment Agency to make sure we continue to push forward on the concerns that were raised when the Prime Minister and I visited Mevagissey."

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