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Summary

  1. Big clean-up begins after flash flood hits Coverack
  2. --- Flash flooding saw torrents of water sweep through the Cornish village on Tuesday afternoon
  3. --- Coastguards rescued a number of people trapped in their homes
  4. --- Residents reported hailstones the size of 50 pence pieces smashing windows
  5. --- About 50 properties have been affected by flooding
  6. --- Woman, 87, climbed out of bathroom window
  7. --- Sewers compromised but drinking water is safe, says Environment Agency
  8. --- Council reserves 'will be used' to repair damage
  9. --- All roads in and out of the village remain closed
  10. Updates on Wednesday 19 July 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Thank you for joining us.

    Live updates on the Coverack flash flooding have finished for the day.

    You can get the latest on this story on the BBC Cornwall website, on Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30 and the BBC News Channel.

  2. Coverack flash flood: Boulders removed from watercourses

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Coverack boulder removal
    Coverack boulder removal

    Work has begun to remove huge boulders from the watercourses around Coverack.

    Teams from Cornwall Council's contractor, Cormac, have been dealing with damage caused by water reaching heights of 4ft during flash flooding on Tuesday.

    The Environment Agency earlier said that some water courses in the Coverack area had been polluted and some sewers compromised, but that drinking water was safe.

  3. Coverack flash flood: What we know

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Coverack
    • A flash flood has destroyed a road and 50 properties have been affected in the Cornish village of Coverack
    • Heavy rain and hail moved in to the village at about 15:00 on Tuesday before it was declared a major incident at about 17:20
    • A coastguard helicopter was deployed to rescue two people trapped on a roof. There were also reports of people trapped in outhouses and in attics as water rose
    • No reports of any injuries
    • The Environment Agency said some water courses were polluted and some sewers compromised, but drinking water is safe
    • A generator was brought in to provide electricity for a care home after it lost power on its ground floor
    • About 150 people attended a public meeting to discuss the aftermath of the flooding
    • Insurers said they were "on the ground supporting people" affected by the flooding
    • Cornwall Councilor Adam Paynter said cash for repairs - already estimated at more than £1m - would be used from the authority's contingency fund
    • He also said road repairs would "start as soon we can" and contractors would stay in the village until the work was completed
    • Cornwall Council added that it had assurances that the government would help with a £1m bill to clean up the village
  4. Coverack flash flood: Work to repair roads 'to start as soon we can'

    Justin Leigh

    Presenter, BBC Spotlight

    Coverack road. Pic: Adam Paynter

    Work to repair roads in Coverack will "start as soon we can", the leader of Cornwall Council says.

    Flash flooding left huge piles of rocks and stones blocking roads and road surfaces torn up in places, some exposing pipes underneath (pictured).

    Cornwall Councilor Adam Paynter said "getting roads reinstated is a priority for us".

    He added: "We don't have timeframe on that yet.

    "We'll get the heavy kit in tomorrow and we'll start as soon as we can."

  5. Coverack flash flood: 'Don't get mud on hands' warning

    Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Intense weather which caused flash floods that swept through the village of Coverack lasted comparatively a moment but the clear-up will carry on for months.

    As well as this, people are being asked to be cautious about mud left behind by the flooding and to not get it on the hands if they can.

    People should also wash their hands before eating, it's being advised.

    Coverack damage
  6. Coverack flash floods: In pictures - Walls, roads and homes damaged

    Press Association

    Damage in Coverack. Pic: PA
    Damage in Coverack. Pic: PA
    Damage in Coverack. Pic: PA
  7. Coverack flash flood: Council 'told government will help with £1m clean-up bill'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council says it has assurances that the government will help with a £1m bill to clean up the village of Coverack.

  8. Coverack flash floods: Residents deal with aftermath

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    Video content

    Video caption: Flash floods in Coverack, Cornwall: Residents deal with the aftermath

    We follow the start of people in Coverack dealing with the aftermath of flash floods.

  9. Warning of more UK floods after helicopter rescues in Cornwall

    The Guardian

    Much of England and Wales has been warned to prepare for more stormy weather and localised flooding after several people in Cornwall had to be rescued from flash floods overnight.

  10. Coverack flash flood: Driver and boy 'had to leave bus through hole cut in hedge'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A school bus driver caught up in the Coverack flood wanted to ensure his sole passenger got home because he "wanted to make sure the boy was safe".

    Driver Thomas Duffield, from Penzance, said his vehicle was "pummelled" by rocks, stones and boulders on a steep hill approaching the Cornish village in the flood on Tuesday.

    Mr Duffield said the vehicle couldn't move any more and "in the end the emergency services cut a hole in a hedge in a property next to the bus and got us both out".

    "Thankfully we got out of there safely, and when I turned up for work this morning I had my colleagues bowing at me which was quite funny."

  11. Coverack flash flood: Storm clouds seen from miles away

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Storm clouds. Pic: Deborah Anne/Facebook
    Storm clouds. Pic: Deborah Anne/Facebook

    Deborah Anne showed us these photos of storm clouds about the time when Coverack was suffering from flash flooding, which could be seen from Mullion - about six miles away as the crow flies.

    Do you have any pictures that you want to share? You can email us.

  12. Coverack flash flood: Generator for care home

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

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    A generator has arrived for a care home in flood-hit Coverack after it lost power on its ground floor.

    Cornwall Council transport portfolio holder Geoff Brown said the home's power situation had to be addressed because it was the "main concern" for the authority.