June 22, 2024

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Clear up work after Storm Ciaran continues

Work on the clean up after Storm Ciaran will continue throughout the weekend after 419 separate incidents were reported to the highways team during the height of the severe weather.

Cormac received 282 calls reporting fallen trees or large branches at locations across Cornwall, and 112 individual reports of isolated flooding on the roads or in individual properties.

Other incidents included minor landslips, collapsed walls and even missing life rings on beaches.

All fallen trees on major routes (A and B roads) were cleared by yesterday afternoon, but work will continue to clear debris from minor routes throughout the weekend and possibly into next week.

Following the storm, Cornwall Council’s leader has paid tribute to her staff and their colleagues in the emergency services for their work preparing for and dealing with the severe weather.

Cllr Linda Taylor said: “I would like to thank everyone who has played their part in dealing with Storm Ciaran for their dedication and determination in ensuring its impact on our residents was minimised.

“We have got through the worst of it with no reported injuries or major incidents, which is testament to the hard work done this week.

“From the teams ensuring our drains were clear to deal with the heavy rainfall, to our communications team who have ensured our residents knew what to expect and what steps to take to deal with the conditions, everyone has played their part.

“We have also worked closely alongside our colleagues in the emergency services in dealing with the impacts of the severe weather.  Our highways team have dealt with nearly 200 incidents, mainly involving fallen trees and some minor surface flooding, and are working quickly to clear them.

“We are also liaising closely with our colleagues in the health service to ensure any vulnerable people affected by the storm are getting the support they require, and will continue to do so until everything is back to normal.

“We will also be keeping a close eye on the weather forecast, as any further rain on the already saturated ground could cause further issues, but we will be prepared for those.

“Whenever these major incidents take place I am always so proud of the work undertaken on behalf of our residents, and once again, Cornwall Council’s staff and those from our partner agencies have been wonderful.”