Pictures show the aftermath of flooding in Cornish town

With a day and night of heavy rainfall across Cornwall causing widespread flooding, the picturesque historic town of Lostwithiel was one of many to flood.

Pictures taken this morning by Cornwall Live‘s Lisa Letcher show the aftermath of the 24 hours of rough weather that caused flooding in the town, with workmen and firefighters working to clear the excess water from the scene and assess potential damage.

River levels on the River Fowey which runs through the town, peaked at 1.94 metres yesterday (December 18), over the level which the Environment Agency says it is likely to flood, which is 1.5 metres.

Lisa said it came close to breaching a nearby wall in Lostwithiel at which point residents would have been evacuated. She said: “The flood wardens said that if the water had went over the wall, the houses nearby would have been forced to evacuate but it was just shy of going over the top of the wall.

“Only one woman was evacuated for around an hour before being allowed to go back home.”

Cornwall Live