You may have noticed, whilst reading my blog, that I love Cornwall. Poor old place is very muddy still after yesterday’s floods and looking very sorry for itself. The picture above, of Lostwithiel has the road, a small wall and the river Fowey to the left………..except the River Fowey spent all day getting in everyone’s houses!
Above, is the main street of Lostwithiel, full of mud. Stinky mud! At the far end of the picture is the hill that leads out of Lostwithiel to St. Austell and the river of rain ran down it. In the middle of the photo is the end of a terrace, a cream building and to the left of that is another steep road which runs in the Bodmin direction and a river of rain ran down that too. Debris, stone, mud, tree branches were all washed down in a matter of half an hour, making Lostwithiel impassable.
Every street in the town is full of mud and almost every house on the river side of Lostwithiel has been damaged in some way or other.
The photo above of Tanhouse road show the flood water cascading from someone’s garden into the road below.
Above, is the photo of the A390, the main road from the A38 to St. Austell and the way most of us get to work. To the left of the lorry is a turning that takes people to the Eden Project, again, a really steep hill to Prideaux woods and again, debris and mud ran down the hill. There was no getting to work yesterday. A38, A390 and railway lines were all closed as were all the little back lanes. In fact, all of the little back lanes are still closed as the Highways dept. have to clear the main routes first.
I drove home today and felt so sorry for everyone who has had their homes ruined in St.Blazey and Lostwithiel. Roads all through St. Austell were being repaired as the floods had lifted the tarmac. The River Fowey is on flood watch and Lostwithiel is still under threat of more high water. If I could, I would lift Cornwall up and wrap my arms around and give it a huge hug as the parts of it looked very sad today.
Photo’s from Lostwithiel Town Website.