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Clean up begins after town flood

Flood damage St Ives
Many shops remained closed all day in order to clean up

Several shops and properties have been damaged by severe flooding in Cornwall just one month after a £10m flood defence scheme opened.

Heavy overnight rain led to the flooding in St Ives, where shop owners reported up to 3ft (1m) of water.

Forty-five guests had to be moved to safety when the flooding resulted in the evacuation of the Chy an Albany Hotel in Albany Terrace.

The flood defence scheme has taken three years to complete.

The trash screen kept back all the debris
Paul Gainey, Environment Agency

The Environment Agency (EA) has denied claims by some residents that the scheme did not work.

"The defence scheme worked perfectly well and did everything it was designed to do," EA spokesman Paul Gainey told BBC News.

"What you had in St Ives last night was an awful lot of surface water, but the trash screen kept back all the debris."

Mr Gainey said the agency would be talking to people in St Ives who were affected by the flooding.

Sewerage 'overwhelmed'

Cornwall Council teams worked throughout the night to provide supplies of sandbags and support for those affected by the flooding.

Diggers and lorries have been used to help clear mud and debris from the roads and the council has brought in skips to help with the clean-up operation.

The Fire Brigade said crews have pumped flood water from a number of flooded premises.

South West Water said the sheer volume of surface water run-off overwhelmed part of the sewerage network, causing sewage to back up through toilets in about nine properties in the town.



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