May 21, 2024

South West News

South West News from Gloucestershire to Cornwall

Storm Eunice: Latest updates

Storm Eunice has brought high winds this morning and is now passing through Cornwall into Devon and Wales. The public are advised to avoid travel until after midday, unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to make a journey please be prepared, expect road closures and disruption due to fallen trees and debris, and take extreme care. Do not do anything to put yourself at risk.

Cornwall’s multi agency Tactical Command Group, led by Superintendent Steve Lenney, is still in operation, having formed this morning at 5am. Cllr Martyn Alvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, is part of the multi-agency group.

URGENT MESSAGE: With reports of young people climbing onto seawalls and people swimming in the sea – the Coastguard and Police are imploring people to stay away from coastal areas and seafronts – and to not put their own or rescuers lives at risk.

Update at 09:00am, Friday 18 February 2022
Known issues in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

  • The Tamar Bridge is currently closed to high sided vehicles, due to high winds, but remains open for other vehicles
  • There are a number of fallen trees across Cornwall, including Truro Moresk Road, the A3058 at Quintrell Downs, the B3268 Tanhouse Road, and Egloshayle Road in Wadebridge, and the A38 westbound carriageway, passed Ivybridge
    To report a fallen tree please call Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 222
  • There are a number of properties with damaged roofs and roof debris causing issues
  • There are over 5,800 homes in Cornwall without power, with teams working on getting power returned
  • Connon Bridge Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) is currently closed due to a fallen tree
  • There is limited availability at some Covid testing centres, please check options on the NHS website before attending
  • In Bude the water reached the flood limit but did not breach and is now receding
  • In Perranporth sea water washed into the seafront car park and receded
  • In Looe the water breached the flood limit but did not cause any serious disruption
  • The Isles of Scilly are experiencing strong winds and significant spray over the seawall, and some power dips due to the power outages on the mainland.

For traffic and travel information visit Heart Traffic and Travel

How to get help or report a problem

The Council’s highways service and CORMAC have shut all routine roadworks and have increased crews standing by to respond to issues on Cornwall’s road network.

To report a blocked or damaged road or pavement that is causing an immediate danger, damage to a Cornwall Housing property, highway emergency or an issue which has the potential to cause harm or injury – please call the council on 0300 1234 222 (24 hour) or use our report it form online.

To report flooding, contact the Environment Agency Incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 (24 hour). Be flood aware and prepare if you can, and know what to do if your home starts to flood or call the Environment Agency on 0345 988 1188 (24 hour).

The Council is activating its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to provide emergency accommodation for rough sleepers.  If you see, or know of, anyone sleeping rough call 0300 1234 161.

If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you are in danger, call 999.