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Floods were 'worst ever seen in Looe'

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

  • Looe floods PICS GIVEN BY EDWINA HANNAFORD, CORNWALL COUNCILLOR FOR WEST LOOE

  • CRUEL SEA: Looe was battered by the force of the sea. : Edwina Hannaford

  • SEA OF WATER : Flooding at the Quay, East Looe. : Edwina Hannaford

  • Flooding at the Quay, East Looe

  • MESS LEFT: Owner Michelle Sadler pictured clearing up wet towels after flooding into bin liners at the Old Sail Loft restaurant. : Paul Hamlyn.

  • FLOOD RESULT: Mick Draper helping to clean up after the flood in the Old Sail Loft restaurant. : Paul Hamlyn.

  • MOPPING UP: Helper Alison Draper cleaning up after the flood in the Old Sail Loft restaurant. : Paul Hamlyn

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FLOODS described as "the worst ever seen" hit Looe after high tides and strong winds combined to leave homes and businesses counting the cost.

Floodwater poured into the town centre on Monday morning, leaving home and business owners counting the cost.

Fire crews were on hand to help residents along with members of HM Coastguard and Looe RNLI.

Jeff Penhaligon, Looe harbour master, who has lived in the town for 40 years, said: "The floods were the worst I have ever seen.

"The sea water was coming over the main Quay outside the harbour office.

"I have never seen as much water in the town. The depth was one metre of water in the worst affected areas.

"We just get on with it but it would be nice if we could have a breakwater."

The Old Sail Loft restaurant on Quay Street had water coming out of their toilets.

Michelle Sadler, manager, said: "It's frustrating that the drains can't cope with the water.

"The drains are the problem; we have had water coming from the toilets and from the drain in the cellar.

"There were four or five inches of water inside the building.

"Our elderly 81-year-old neighbour, who lives alone, has been hit badly by flooding in her home."

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall councillor for West Looe, said: "It was quite bad in Fore Street with 3ft of water.

"The floods were worse than last time. The difference was that the wind was coming from a south-easterly direction.

"That surge is what causes the damage.

"All the combination of things that could go wrong did.

"On Hannafore, West Looe, the wind and sea were fierce and spectacular – I could see it hitting the buildings.

"I got up at 6am and looked out. I knew it was going to be quite bad and kept an eye on everything.

"A lorry came down Fore Street and flooded businesses, which causes more problems for people who already have problems.

"The fire crews, coastguard, the volunteers and RNLI have been absolutely brilliant."

The flooding was bad on the Quay in West Looe, according to Gerry Wood, manager for South East Cornwall Looe coastguard.

Mr Wood said: "People should be prepared for it and be proactive.

"We asked motorists to slow down and get them clear of the flooded areas."

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