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:

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