Coverack recovery works
A major incident was declared on Tuesday, 18 July, after a torrential deluge of rain and hail, floodwaters surged through the coastal village of Coverack, leaving damage to properties and road infrastructure..
The actions of the emergency services ensured the immediate safety of residents and visitors. Once the floodwaters started to subside our teams were in attendance helping with the clean-up, assessing the extent of the damage, and planning for the future recovery of the community.
Around 30 staff have been working on repairing the damage caused by the floods since Tuesday evening, clearing around 350 tonnes of debris and surface material from the damaged road in preparation for the new road surface to be layed.
We would like to thank everyone involved in helping us with our efforts, from community volunteers, to householders for their patience, resilience and co-operation, and the generous souls who have kindly provided our teams with refreshments and welcome words of encouragement.
5.15pm Wednesday 26 July
Two trees adjacent to the public toilets have now been removed. This will allow us to begin to rebuild the support to the road edge washed away by the floods. An exposed BT duct carrying broadband fibre optic cables will be included in this retaining structure. This work will be ongoing for the next week or so and the temporary traffic lights in this area will remain in place until this work has been completed.
We are working with our structural engineers and Cornwall Council to investigate several collapses of retaining structures in the village and to come up with solutions where appropriate.
5pm Tuesday 25 July
We have taken down two trees which were damaged during the flood water. This is in the area which was badly scoured out adjacent to the main road. These needed to be removed before we could repair this area. We have also carried out surfacing to an area of footway and some accesses.
12pm Monday 24 July
We are delighted to say that our works have all gone according to plan over the past few days. Our teams have laid a total of 330 tonnes of base and 200 tonnes of surface layer over the weekend.
We'll be honest, to deliver the recovery phase in such a short space of time was real challenge, but our teams were determined to get the community back on its feet.
The road was lifted, seriously damaged and, in some parts, washed away completely, so to be able to have it open in such a short space of time is testimony to the spirit and dedication of everyone involved and the people of Coverack.
We still need time to complete the remaining jobs around the village, but now that the major repair to the road infrastructure has been completed things are starting to return to normal, ready for the influx of visitors. We said we would stay until we finished the job and we will do just that.