Porthleven and Cornwall continues to face the onslaught of the weather
For several weeks it feels like Cornwall has faced one big storm with the odd respite thrown in. Last night was particularly bad, with very strong winds and heavy rains. The extreme weather is continuing to batter Cornwall. The forecast is predicting further bad weather later this week and over the weekend.
Last night over 100 fallen trees were reported which not only blocked roads, but also brought down power and phone lines. The Fire Service had over 24 appliances, consisting of 150 fire fighters out dealing with the issues. Cormac were also out in force too, with 25 teams out. I know how bad it was as it took me two hours to get home to Porthleven from Truro due to fallen trees and flood water on the road.
There are also reports of further damage in Penzance, with teams currently inspecting the damage to South Quay. Crews from Cormac, the fire and rescue, the police and the coastguard remain in attendance at Cawsand and Kingsand where they are providing support. There are also issues with the pier at St Mawes. The road has been closed by the police while the situation is being assessed and members of the public are being asked to avoid the area.
To date, the bill to the Council is estimated at £10m, and will no doubt rise due to further bad weather. It is not only the cost of replacing the damage, as manpower costs will also rise. This is because with the majority of Cornwall’s firefighters are retained, the increased call-outs add to the overall costs of dealing with the storms.
The Government has the Bellwin Scheme is set up to offer help, though to actually get any money is a difficult process. So if no extra money, then the Council will have to pick up the tab for the repairs.
The conditions have got worse in Porthleven, as the baulks that protect the inner harbour from the full force of the sea are now gone; some smashed, others just removed by the sheer force of the weather. This puts the boats in the inner harbour at risk. Several boats already sunk and the Harbour Master and his team trying to get the rest of the boats out. The rescue of the remaining boats is being hampered because people are turning up and ad-hoc leaving their cars. This is not helping the efforts.
The latest report from the MET office (as of 12:15) forecasts further strong winds today, with heavy rain. This is expected to ease towards the end of the day, but more heavy rain is expected on Thursday morning and then a further period of strong winds and heavy rain on Friday evening into Saturday