Coverack flash flood

On 18th July 2017, a major flood event hit Coverack on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

Coverack location map

Heavy rainfall started falling at around 3pm on the Tuesday afternoon. The storm failed to move eastwards as expected and dumped an unusually large amount of water on the village and surrounding area. In 2.5 hours, 105 mm of rain fell, compared to the usual July average of 62mm. This flowed down towards the village, sweeping rocks and large boulders with it.

Coverack rainfall radar

Water swept down the main road into the village, inundating houses and businesses, before plummeting into the harbour below. A ‘major incident’ was declared as Coastguard helicopters were dispatched to the scene to airlift residents to safety.

Coverack cascade 1

50 properties were damaged as well as the main road into the village.









Local news report – Part 1

Local news report – Part 2

Additional information and sources:

ITV News reports
BBC News reports


Flooding causes Christmas misery in SW England

Saturday 22 December 2012

The Environment Agency has issued 140 flood warnings and 345 flood alerts for Englandand Wales, while in Scotland there are 15 flood alerts and 17 flood warnings.

Driving becomes treacherous in parts of Cornwall
·    Residents of Helston have been evacuated from their homes by the police as the River Cober bursts it’s banks
·    The town of Brauntonin north Devon has been effectively cut off, with homes and shops under water, after the River Caen burst its banks.
·    Braunton councillor says newly-built £1 million flood defences have been ‘overwhelmed’.
·    First Great Western is advising train passengers in the south west of Englandnot to travel
·    In the West Country, rail services are suspended between Exeter St Davids and Taunton due to flooding and flood defences have breached in Devon and Cornwall
·    Replacement buses are in operation but Network Rail is warning that poor road conditions mean replacement buses are not able to run on many routes
·    A woman was rescued from her car by passers-by after it was swept into a river in Llancarfan in the Vale of Glamorgan
·    Firefighters in Lostwithiel were worried about water levels in a dam above the town with more heavy rain forecast overnight
·    In Lostwithiel around 195 people were advised to leave their homes, and a rest area was set up in the Community Centre.
·    Fire crews had been called to about 70 flood-related incidents across Cornwallsince midnight.
·    Crews have attended incidents at St Austell, Lostwithiel, Looe, Helston, Hayle, Torpoint, Penzance, Probus, Durgan, Millbrook, St Columb and St Just.
·    Large amounts of surface water has been reported on roads in Cornwallas more rain lashes the county.
·    Several Football League matches were postponed because of the wet weather
·    The A38 from Bodmin towards Exeter is closed between the A374 Plymouth road and the A3121 because of flooding, and is expected to reopen at 8am, the Highways Agency said.

Sources: BBC News, ITV News, Daily Mail, Sky News