Floods force sewage down Cornwall's Par village street

Residents in Par swept raw sewage from their gardens after manhole covers opened up during flooding

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Flood-hit villagers in Cornwall are demanding action after sewage washed into the streets at the height of floods on Monday.

Heavy rain overwhelmed the drains, lifting manholes, in St Blazey Road, Par.

Eleven flood alerts are still in force on rivers across Cornwall.

South West Water apologised for delays in dealing with the incident saying there had been a large amount of rain in a short period of time.

Par villager Debbie Evans said: "I was standing shovelling poo all day, knee high in dirty water and it's just not on."

The Met Office said 2.7in (68.4mm) of rain fell in Cardinham, Cornwall on Monday, compared with an average monthly rainfall for October of 5.7in (146.2mm).

'Susceptible zones'

Mark Bailey, who has been flooded four times in five years, said: "The Environment Agency came round and did surveys with a view to spending money to prevent water getting in to houses, but that hasn't been done yet."

Dave Owens, assistant head of waste at Cornwall Council, which has issued advice to flood-hit householders, said work would be carried out at St Blazey, Lostwithiel, Mevagissey and Pentewan over the next six months to protect properties.

"This area reacts very quickly to heavy rainfall and these properties are in very susceptible zones," he said.

"A lot of work is being looked at by the Environment Agency and South West Water and that needs to be progressed.

"But a lot of work has also been done in the area. So far 137 properties have been surveyed and in November work will start on fitting floods doors and non-return valves to stop properties being flooded."

Tidal barrier

An Environment Agency (EA) spokesman said: "A very small number of properties were flooded giving the amount of rain we had."

He said work had already been carried out to improve the Prideaux Stream in St Blazey, on pump station improvements at Tredenham Close in Par and repairs to the White River near Pentewan.

In Lostwithiel it has replaced 150m (492ft) of the Tanhouse Stream culvert.

And in Pentewan the community has agreed to carry out maintenance of the river valley in parallel with EA frequent maintenance.

A temporary tidal barrier has also been installed.

The Ship Inn in Mevagissey and nearby properties in Chapel Road were affected on Monday.

The agency has issued flood alerts around the River Tamar, St Austell and Par.

Some showers are forecast in Cornwall later, becoming more widespread in the evening.

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