Snow storm Emma sparks devastating floods as towns left under FOOT of water

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Firefighters from Penzance were called out in the early hours of this morning to help pump water from flooded properties in the fishing village of Porthallow.

Dawlish railway station near Teignmouth in South Devon has been engulfed by hides tides whipped up by Storm Emma and there has also been flooding in seafront areas of Paignton and Torquay which residents said were “under a foot of water”.

Flood warnings have been issued for the whole of south Cornwall coast from Land's End to Lizard Point and Mount's Bay and remain in force.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it received around 50 calls throughout the night about flooding and frozen pipes.

Firefighters in Porthallow

TWITTERFirefighters in action in flood-hit Porthallow

Flood warnings are in place for the following places:

  • Christchurch Harbour Side
  • North Bank of the Humber Estuary in the west of Hull
  • North Sea at Roker, Sunderland
  • North Sea at Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth
  • South Cornwall Coast At Mounts Bay, seafront properties
  • South Cornwall Coast from Lands End to Lizard Point excluding Mounts Bay
  • South Devon Coast low-lying areas of the Dart Estuary
  • Swanage Bay
  • Tyne Estuary at North Shields, South Shields and Howdon Pans

Powerful waves in TorquayTWITTER

Powerful waves batter the seafront at Torquay

There is significant flooding due to high river levels, large seas and high winds

Penzance Community Fire Station

Penzance Community Fire Station tweeted: "Specialist Water Rescue crews from Penzance are in attendance at Porthallow.

"There is significant flooding due to high river levels, large seas and high winds.”

A spokesman for Cornwall Council said: "Fire and rescue crews, highways staff and police are currently dealing with reports of flooding in the Lizard area, caused by a combination of high tide, strong winds and run-off from melting snow.

"The worst affected area is in Porthallow where five properties have been flooded.”

“The fire and rescue service received around 50 calls overnight - mostly to do with flooding and frozen pipes".

Floods in Paignton, DevonTWITTER

Floods in Paignton, Devon

An Environment Agency spokesman said: "Flooding is expected for seafront properties in Mount's Bay over the high tide on Friday morning.

"Severe Gale force 9 easterly winds and offshore wave heights of up to 6m are forecast to cause flooding to properties in the Mount's Bay area up to three hours either side of high tide.

"Expect tides to be around 400mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions.

"Large waves and spray are likely so take care near coastal paths and promenades. This may cause localised standing water. Do not drive through flood water or waves.

"The current cold weather conditions are also likely to increase hazardous conditions along the coast.

"Further flood warnings are possible over the weekend. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will issue updates if the situation changes.”

Dawlish station floodedPA

Dawlish train station has been flooded

The Environment Agency issued six flood warnings across Britain, with immediate action required by residents to protect their property and stay safe.

The North Bank of the Humber Estuary, parts of the south Cornwall coast, Swanage Bay and the Tyne Estuary and North Sea areas were all highlighted as at risk.

However the red alert for the south west - the second in 24 hours - is set to be lifted.

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