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Fowey left to clean up after the worst floods in memory

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

  • FLOOD MISERY: Staff scoop out floodwater at the Quay Bakery.

  • WORST FLOODS: Back gardens flooded in Fowey after Sunday's storm. by Sally Howell-Bewsey

  • DEEP WATER: A man wades through the flood. by David Howell-Bewsey

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HOMES and businesses in Fowey faced a mammoth clean-up operation on Monday after the town endured the worst floods in memory.

The mixture of high tides, strong winds and torrential rain left the high street more than a foot under water for several hours.

"It's the worst I have ever seen it," said shopkeeper and Fowey town councillor David Willmore.

"It must have been over a foot deep," he added.

Mr Willmore, who has been trading in the town for the past ten years, said around a dozen businesses were left clearing out floodwater after the storm struck on Sunday night.

The Quay Bakery, Fat Face, the pub the Lugger Inn and Fowey River Gallery were among those affected.

"The majority of them got their flood gates out but it's still not very nice for anyone," Mr Willmore.

Families on the school run were left wading through the water as they made their way down the high street.

"It was still flooded at 8.30am," Mr Willmore said.

"The delivery vans were trying to get through, which pushes the water back into the shops. Everyone was trying to go about their business as usual but it does make it difficult."

On Monday morning strong winds hit during high tide.

"It's the southerly winds that causes the problems," Mr Willmore explained.

"It pushes it up over the riverbank so the water doesn't subside."

A representative from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said teams were monitoring the situation but no crews were required in the area.

On Tuesday evening, as the Cornish Guardian went to press, Fowey was left bracing itself for the possibility of further flooding as more storms are expected to hit.

For weather updates visit the website thisiscornwall.co.uk

For more on the floods, see pages 24 to 27.

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