The view from the emergency bunker: Cornwall’s “Tactical Command” updates on Storm Eunice

Posted By on 18th February 2022

By Rashleigh MacFarlane

Police and coastguards are urging people not to climb on to seawalls – or to swim in the sea – as Storm Eunice reaches its peak.  More than 14,000 homes are currently without electricity.

A County Hall update issued at 9.30am says:

Storm Eunice has brought high winds this morning and is now passing through Cornwall into Devon and Wales. The public are advised to avoid travel until after midday, unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to make a journey please be prepared, expect road closures and disruption due to fallen trees and debris, and take extreme care. Do not do anything to put yourself at risk.

Cornwall’s multi agency Tactical Command Group, led by Superintendent Steve Lenney, is still in operation, having formed this morning at 5am. Cllr Martyn Alvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, is part of the multi-agency group. 

The Tamar Bridge is currently closed to high sided vehicles, due to high winds, but remains open for other vehicles

There are a number of fallen trees across Cornwall, including Truro Moresk Road, the A3058 at Quintrell Downs, the B3268 Tanhouse Road, and Egloshayle Road in Wadebridge, and the A38 westbound carriageway, passed Ivybridge
To report a fallen tree please call Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 222

There are a number of properties with damaged roofs and roof debris causing issues

There are over 5,800 homes in Cornwall without power, with teams working on getting power returned

Connon Bridge Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) is currently closed due to a fallen tree

There is limited availability at some Covid testing centres, please check options on the NHS website before attending

In Bude the water reached the flood limit but did not breach and is now receding

In Perranporth sea water washed into the seafront car park and receded

In Looe the water breached the flood limit but did not cause any serious disruption

The Isles of Scilly are experiencing strong winds and significant spray over the seawall, and some power dips due to the power outages on the mainland.

For traffic and travel information visit Heart Traffic and Travel https://www.heart.co.uk/cornwall/news/traffic-travel/

Further information

Major incident was declared after a red weather warning was issued for parts of Cornwall for Friday, February 18.

Storm Eunice has been moving across the Isles of Scilly and north coast of Cornwall, up the coast to Devon and South Wales, bringing high winds across the whole of the peninsula.

The Tactical Command Group consists of Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council Emergency Planning, out of hours Director and communications, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, CORMAC, the Environment Agency, Highways England SW, the Met Office and other utility and emergency services. Cllr Martyn Alvey, the Cabinet Member for Environment, part of the group in the Cornwall Emergency Management Centre.

Cornwall Council and our partners are continuing to work together and are responding to reports of damage and blocked roads.

Having urged people not to travel unless absolutely necessary, and to stay away from the coast, beaches and cliffs - we would like to thank everyone for staying safe and minimising their road travel and visits to coastal areas.

We are still under a Met Office red warning, covering much of Cornwall, until midday when we move to an Amber warning. Risks include an increased likelihood of impacts from severe weather, which could potentially disrupt travel plans. Impacts include possible road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property.

To keep up to date with the latest information please follow the Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, the Met Office and Environment Agency on social media:

https://twitter.com/CornwallCouncil

https://twitter.com/DC_Police

https://www.facebook.com/metoffice

https://twitter.com/metoffice

https://twitter.com/EnvAgency

The Met Office has weather warnings and how to stay safe in a storm information on their website.

All waste and recycling collections have been cancelled for Friday 18 February. Black bag rubbish will be collected on Friday 25 February. Recycling, garden waste and clinical waste will be collected on Saturday 19 February. Cleansing activities are cancelled and will be resumed on Saturday 19 February. https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/rubbish-recycling-and-waste/

Some Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed until at least 12 noon. Currently: Bodmin, Bude, Dudnance, Launceston Newquay, Tintagel, Truro, St Erth and United Mines. https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/rubbish-recycling-and-waste/household-waste-and-recycling-centres/

Some schools are closed for the day on Friday 18 February. For a list of school closures visit the Cornwall Council website https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/schools-and-education/schools-and-colleges/school-closures-in-emergencies/

Rail services are greatly reduced, with Paddington to West of England services reduced to one train per hour. All Cornish branch lines have been suspended into lunchtime. For National Rail travel enquiries call 03457 48 49 50 or visit their website https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/online

Transport for Cornwall bus services, including First Kernow, were cancelled before 0700, with the situation being monitored and updates will be posted on their Twitter feed https://twitter.com/GoCornwallBuses

The Tamar Crossings may close or run reduced services on Friday 18 February. If planning journeys for Friday please refer to their website or social media for updates, or call the Ferry on 01752 812233. https://www.facebook.com/tamarcrossings

How to get help or report a problem

The Council’s highways service and CORMAC have shut all routine roadworks and have increased crews standing by to respond to issues on Cornwall’s road network.

To report a blocked or damaged road or pavement that is causing an immediate danger, damage to a Cornwall Housing property, highway emergency or an issue which has the potential to cause harm or injury - please call the council on 0300 1234 222 (24 hour) or use our report it form online.

Call 105 or visit http://www.powercut150.com to report a power cut.

To report flooding, contact the Environment Agency Incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 (24 hour). Be flood aware and prepare if you can, and know what to do if your home starts to flood or call the Environment Agency on 0345 988 1188 (24 hour).

The Council is activating its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to provide emergency accommodation for rough sleepers.  If you see, or know of, anyone sleeping rough call 0300 1234 161.

If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you are in danger, call 999.

rashleighmacfarlane@cornwallreports.co.uk

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