A number of properties in Cornwall have been struck by localised flash flooding over recent days, with considerable and costly damage caused to many homes and businesses.
Homes in Newquay and Crantock were hit by rapidly rising waters yesterday (August 5th) and many areas are still under several feet of water.
The Environment Agency (EA) highlighted the worst affected areas of the county as Combe Martin, Berrynarbor and Watermouth Cove, while it continues to have flood warnings in place for Lands End, Helston, Crowlas, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne and Perranporth.
Landlord at Perranporth’s Tywarnhayle Inn Mike Moyle told BBC News: “Last time we got flooded I think they pumped out about 32,000 litres, so it’s going to take a while to get rid of this because it’s deeper than it was before.”
Meanwhile, Crantock resident Joy Robinson stated the centre of her village remains 18 inches underwater and many of the manhole covers have been lifted by the rising waters.
It is important for property owners to take out insurance for flood risk areas, as failure to do so can lead to costly repair bills being footed by those unlucky enough to be hit by rising waters.
The EA advises a number of measures homeowners can take to help protect their property should they face the prospect of flooding in their area, including investing in flood-proof doors and windows, while air blocks should have covers installed to stop damaging tides from entering.
Furthermore, sandbags can form an effective barrier to flood waters and should be installed when flooding is imminent, while landscaping gardens and driveways to divert waters away from the property can also be an option.
That said, many homeowners have seen considerable damage caused to their property by flooding over recent years and so the one of the best precautions people can take is to ensure they have comprehensive cover in place to help the meet the costs of any damage caused in a flood.