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Roads closed in torrential rain
Flood
A lorry battles floodwater in Cornwall
Torrential rain has caused widespread flooding across south east Cornwall.

The main area affected has been on the A388 between Callington and Launceston where a number of roads have had to be closed and a motorist rescued.

There are also reports of farmland being flooded on the boundary between Devon and Cornwall.

County highways managers said the unpredictable nature of flooding had caused problems which had been compounded by leaves blocking gulleys.

Flood gates fear

Drivers face continuing problems on Friday night and Saturday, with wind gusts of up to 70mph being forecast in the south.

Meanwhile plans have been drawn up to revamp Truro's flood defences following concerns that the current flood gates are no longer adequate.

A build-up of silt has meant the gates at Literage Quay can no longer shut properly.

There are fears that if they are not replaced the city could see a repeat of the scenes witnessed during the last major flooding of Truro back in 1988.


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