FLOOD-HIT families in Cornwall are bracing themselves for further misery with downpours which battered hundreds of homes in the region set to continue.
A flood warning has been issued by the Met Office for the south west of England in the wake of torrential downpours which left residents scrambling for sandbags.
People had to be rescued from cars, water lapped up to front doors on several streets and there was a string of crashes on treacherous roads.
Water was seen gushing through the streets of Polperro as residents were urged to protect their homes.
There were more reports of flooding in Bodmin, Launceston and Fowey.
The Met Office and the Environment Agency have issued a flood warning for the area with further rain expected tomorrow.
It states: “Heavy rain has fallen overnight and this morning and river levels are reacting quickly.
“The heaviest rainfall is expected to ease this afternoon and river levels are expected to fall throughout the afternoon and evening.
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“We will provide updates when required. We are monitoring the situation, and have operatives in the field, where required, to clear blockages.”
Several cars and their drivers were rescued from floods, the main A30 was blocked by a lorry at Temple, and a Mercedes became submerged in floodwater.
Another car flipped in floods on the A38 and there were reports of vehicles stranded in 4ft deep water, with emergency services at full stretch rescuing trapped drivers and passengers.
One van driver was stuck in swirling water so deep he had to be saved by 999 crews in an inflatable boat near St Austell.
Polperro council chairman David Pengelly said “It’s absolutely horrendous rain here.
“There’s water coming down from all the hills. The amount of rain we’re having here it’s like a cloudburst, it’s like a river.
“I can see the river coming down. As for flooding, I’m going to be sure there is, but I can’t tell you any more right now. We haven’t heard the flood alarm go off yet.
“It’s nothing like what’s been forecast.”
Further heavy rain is expected in the south west tomorrow morning which will spread north throughout the day.
But better news is on the way as rain will make way for brighter skies across the UK later in the week – with temperatures expected to climb back above 20C.
Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: “Tropical Depression Ten is tied into the low pressure which brought wind and rain on Sunday.
“But it will bring warmer air and Monday could see 24C in sunshine on a mostly cloudy air, with Tuesday also warm.
“It will be breezier from Wednesday and we then have an unsettled spell by Saturday with stronger winds and rain.”