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Hayle flooding recovery – ‘a splendid team effort by service providers’

The west Cornwall port of Hayle is mopping up after almost an inch of rain deluged the town in one hour yesterday. The River Hayle was recorded at its second highest level since 1968.

Floodwater spilled into 46 properties, two thirds of them businesses. There was also flooding in nearby Relubbus and Angarrack, and run-off from fields closed the A30 near West Camborne. 

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But in the face of this severe and sudden rainstorm, there has been praise for the response of emergency and public services.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, Rob Nolan, says: “Now that the recovery has begun, everyone including the Town’s Mayor has praised the quick response of our public services – from Fire teams to street cleaners, waste crews to social workers – and I am pleased to add my thanks.”

For much of yesterday this weather event was classified as a major incident, and predicted rainfall for the coming days means that teams will remain on standby to respond anywhere they are needed.

Rob adds: “The issues were tackled promptly and professionally. Business recovery advice is even being offered to Hayle’s traders at this important time of year for the local economy. The people of Hayle showed great resilience as the waters rose, but I’d also like to applaud a splendid team effort by service providers, with much of the recovery in place before the rest of Cornwall even knew about the drama.”

As Thursday proved, a multi-agency response can be set up quickly and managed from the Emergency Centre in County Hall, Truro. Among Cornwall Council’s partners were the Police, Environment Agency and the Business Liaison Growth Hub, alongside its own teams from Cornwall Fire & Rescue, Waste Management, Cormac and Highways, Emergency Management and Localism.

Social workers checked on all affected addresses, and any vulnerable residents were offered assistance. The clear-up continues, as many homes and shops have water-damaged contents. But, to boost the local economy, many traders were open to customers today in this important pre-Christmas shopping period.

If wet and windy weather continues people are advised to take extra care walking on coast paths, and not to try to drive cars through floodwater.