Flood Alert Info - South Cornwall Coast from Gribbin Head to Rame Head

Flood Alert Currently in Force

Flood Alert issued on 19 Oct 2020 15:35
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over both high tides from Monday evening 19/10/20 to Tuesday morning 20/10/20. High spring tides may cause flooding of quaysides and low-lying land in some coastal locations. Unsettled weather on Monday afternoon will increase wave heights and wind speeds. Peak tide levels may be higher than published. Southerly winds are increasing to Force 6 on Monday and may increase to Force 8 on Tuesday. Offshore wave heights are expected to peak during Tuesday. Spray and wave overtopping in exposed locations is possible. High tide at Looe on Monday evening is at 20:21 and on Tuesday at 08:42. Tide times vary along the coast. Flooding is possible 2 hours either side of high tide. Locations affected may include Fowey and Looe. People are advised to take care at the coast. We will monitor the situation and issue updates as required.

Area Description

Gribbin Head to Rame Head including, Fowey, Golant, Lostwithiel, Lerryn, Polruan, Polperro, Looe and the Looe Rivers and Seaton.
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert History

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area

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Flood Alert issued on 17 Oct 2020 16:41
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over all high tides from Sunday evening 18/10/20 to Tuesday morning 20/10/20. High spring tides may cause minor flooding of quaysides and low-lying land in some coastal locations. From Monday, unsettled weather will increase wave heights and wind speeds. Peak tide levels may be 350mm higher than published. South-easterly winds increasing to Force 6 on Monday may veer south-westerly and increase to Force 8 during Tuesday. Offshore wave heights of up to 6m are expected to peak on Tuesday morning. Spray and wave overtopping in exposed locations is possible. High tide at Looe on Sunday is 19:39, on Monday is 08:00 and 20:21 and on Tuesday at 08:42. Tide times vary along the coast. Flooding is possible 2 hours either side of high tide. Locations affected may include Fowey and Looe. People are advised to take care at the coast. We will monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Sep 2020 11:26
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible for this evenings high tide on Saturday 19th September.  High water at Looe is at 20:00. Times of high water vary along the coast. High spring tides will peak this evening. High tide levels, along with force 4 east north easterly winds and associated south coast easterly waves are forecast. This could result in minor overtopping and spray along the coast. Flooding may affect tidal Fowey, Polperro, Lostwithiel, Seaton and Looe. Install flood protection products, such as flood barriers and air brick covers.  People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. We will monitor the situation and update this message if situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Aug 2020 11:13
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tide on Friday evening, 21st August. High spring tides, strong winds and large waves may cause flooding to low lying coastal areas. High water at Looe on Friday is at 20:20. Flooding is possible 2 hours either side of high tide. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Force 6 south westerly winds and large waves could result in wave overtopping and sea spray in exposed locations. High numbers of visitors in locations that may flood brings an increased risk. People are advised to avoid low lying and exposed coastal areas. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 20 Aug 2020 13:35
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over all high tides from the evening of Thursday 20th to Friday 21st August. High spring tides, strong winds and large waves are expected to cause flooding, particularly over the high tide on Thursday evening. High water at Looe on Thursday is 19:37 and Friday at 08:04 and 20:20. Flooding is possible 2 hours either side of high tide. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Storm Ellen is forecast to bring force 6 to 7 south westerly winds and large waves which is expected to cause tides to be higher than predicted along the coast and could result in wave overtopping and sea spray in exposed locations. High numbers of visitors in locations that may flood brings an increased risk. People are advised to avoid low lying and exposed coastal areas. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Aug 2020 16:39
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the evening high tide on Thursday 20th August. High Spring tides coinciding with strong winds and large waves are expected to cause flooding, particularly over the high tide on Thursday evening. High water at Looe on Thursday is 19:37. Flooding is possible 2 hours either side of high tide. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Tide levels are rising towards spring tides which peak on Friday 21st August. Storm Ellen is forecast to bring force 6 to 7 south westerly winds and large waves which is expected to cause tides to be higher than predicted along the coast, and could result in wave overtopping and sea spray in exposed locations. High numbers of visitors in locations that may flood brings an increased risk. People are advised to avoid low lying and exposed coastal areas. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update by 1pm on Thursday or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Mar 2020 11:18
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tides on Wednesday evening 11th March and Thursday morning 12th March. High water at Fowey on Wednesday evening is at 19:05 and Thursday morning at 07:23. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Conditions may apply two hours either side of the high tide. High tidal levels and force 7 west southwest winds and offshore wave heights of 3m are forecast. This could result in wave overtopping and sea spray along the coast including sea front car parks. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care. Flood warnings will also be in force for the high tide on Thursday morning. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this flood alert information on Thursday morning, or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Mar 2020 12:47
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the morning high tides of Wednesday 11th March and Thursday 12th March. High water at Fowey on Wednesday morning is 06:39 and on Thursday morning is 07:23. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Tide levels are now rising towards spring tides which peak on Wednesday 11th March. Force 4 to 6 westerly winds and waves over 2m are forecast for the high tides. The current forecast conditions include strong winds and large waves. These could result in wave overtopping and sea spray along the coast including sea front car parks. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this flood alert information on Wednesday, or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Feb 2020 12:41
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tide on Thursday morning 13th February. High water at Fowey on Thursday morning is 08:24. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Water levels are forecast to be higher than during the recent high tides associated with Storm Ciara, therefore increased flood impacts are likely. Flood warnings will be in force for areas most at risk, where we expect property flooding. Force 7 to 9 west south westerly winds and large waves are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. Expect tides to be higher than predicted due to weather conditions. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this flood alert information on Thursday morning, or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Feb 2020 10:42
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible for all high tides on Sunday the 9th of February and Monday the 10th of February. High water at Looe on Sunday is at 05:33 and 18:01 and Monday at 06:18 and 18:45. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Tide levels are now rising towards spring tides which peak on Wednesday the 12th of February. High tide levels, along with strong winds generating large waves and some surge may be enough to cause some localised coastal flooding. The current forecast conditions, associated with storm Ciara, could result in wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Feb 2020 15:51
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible for all high tides on Sunday the 9th of February and Monday the 10th of February. High water at Looe on Sunday is at 05:33 and 18:01 and Monday at 06:18 and 18:45. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Tide levels are now rising towards spring tides which peak on Wednesday the 12th of February. High tide levels, along with strong winds generating large waves and some surge may be enough to cause some localised coastal flooding. The current forecast conditions, associated with storm Ciara, could result in wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2020 16:07
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over Tuesday evening’s high tide. High water at Looe on Tuesday 14th of January is at 20:24, times of high water will vary along the coast. The forecast is for force 5, south-westerly winds and offshore wave heights of 5 to 6m. Expect wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. Tides will be around 560mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions. Tide locking is possible over high tide on the River Lynher at Notter Bridge. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We are operating defences and will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jan 2020 13:54
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over Tuesday evening’s high tide. High water at Looe on Tuesday 14th of January is at 20:24, times of high water will vary along the coast. The forecast is for force 5, south-westerly winds and offshore wave heights of 5 to 6m. Expect wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. Tides will be around 560mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We are operating defences and will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 13 Jan 2020 12:48
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over all high tides from Monday evening through to, and including Tuesday evenings high tide. High water at Looe on Monday 13th of January is at 19:40 and Tuesday 14th of January at 07:56 and 20:24, times of high water will vary along the coast. The weather forecast over the next few days is for stormy conditions during a time of spring tides. Expect wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. Please be extra vigilant during Tuesday evening’s high tide. The forecast is for strong, force 8, south westerly winds and offshore wave heights of up to 6m. Expect tides to be around 600mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We are operating defences and will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 25 Nov 2019 12:19
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tides, from Tuesday evening on the 26th of November and Wednesday mornings high tide. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Tide levels are now rising towards spring tides which peak on Wednesday. High tide levels, along with strong winds generating large waves and some surge may be enough to cause some localised coastal flooding. The current forecast conditions, associated with ex-storm Sebastian, could require a flood warning to be issued for Wednesday morning’s high tide. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Oct 2019 10:48
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over this evenings high tide, Tuesday 1 October due to high astronomical tides. The time of high water at Plymouth is at 8:36 pm. Times of high water will vary along the coast. Winds are veering Force 4 north westerly. With offshore winds, only minor wave overtopping of sea defences is likely. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; the forecast high tide level at Plymouth is 2.78mAOD, this is 0.08 metres above astronomical tide level.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Sep 2019 09:23
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding continues to be possible over all high tides from the evening of Monday 30 September through to and including the evening tide on Tuesday 1 October. High water for Monday at Plymouth is at 7:54pm. Times of high water will vary along the coast. High astronomical tides together with strong Force 5 West South Westerly winds are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. Due to the forecast conditions we will be issuing Flood Warnings for this evenings tide, Monday 30 September. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 12:43
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over all high tides from Sunday evening through to and including Tuesday evening. High water for Sunday at Plymouth is at 19:10, times of high water will vary along the coast. High astronomical tides together with strong Force 5 winds are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. Due to the forecast conditions we expect to be issuing Flood Warnings on Monday. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Sep 2019 17:39
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over all high tides from Saturday evening through to and including Tuesday evening. High water for Saturday at Plymouth is at 18:24, times of high water will vary along the coast. High astronomical tides together with strong Force 6 to 7 winds are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. Due to the forecast conditions we expect to be issuing Flood Warnings over the weekend People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Jun 2019 14:39
South Cornwall Coast
This message is specifically for Polperro. Flooding is not currently expected to affect other communities along the south coast. The tide gate at Polperro is not currently operational. Flooding is possible on the evening of Tuesday 4th June. Force 5 south westerly winds have been forecast and tides are expected to be around 300mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions. This may cause flooding of town quay and overtopping of quay walls. The time of the high tide at Looe is 19:19 and Plymouth at 19:23. People are advised to stay away from risk areas. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required. Detailed tidal information for those who use it: the forecast high tide level at Plymouth is 2.50 mAOD, this is 0.3 metres above astronomical tide level.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Feb 2019 11:21
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible for ALL high tides from Wednesday morning to Friday morning inclusive. Times of high water will vary along the coast. This sequence of Flood Alerts has been issued due to exceptionally high Spring Tides combined with large waves. The largest waves are expected on Friday morning. Tides may be marginally higher than predicted due to local weather conditions. The time of the high tide at Looe on Thursday 21st February is 19:15. The time of the high tide at Looe on Friday 22nd February is 07:32. Minor localised quayside flooding is possible at exposed locations including Fowey, Polperro, Looe and Seaton. Winds are generally expected from a South Easterly direction and to remain below Force 6. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Feb 2019 11:28
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible for ALL high tides from Wednesday morning to Friday evening inclusive. Times of high water will vary along the coast. This sequence of Flood Alerts has been issued due to exceptionally high Spring Tides combined with large waves. The largest waves are expected on Friday. Tides may be marginally higher than predicted due to local weather conditions. Minor localised quayside flooding is possible at exposed locations including Fowey, Polperro, Looe and Seaton. Winds are generally expected from a Southerly direction and to remain below Force 6. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Nov 2018 13:10
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tides during Friday evening. The time of high tide at Plymouth is 18:45 on Friday. South southwesterly winds of up to Force 8 and offshore wave heights of over 5 m are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal areas, including harbours, coastal car parks, and quaysides exposed to the open sea. Expect tides to be around 450 mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; the forecast high tide level at Plymouth on Friday evening is 2.81 mAOD, this is 0.45 m above astronomical tide level. Times of high water will vary along the coast.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Oct 2018 11:40
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over high tide this evening, Friday 12th October and tomorrow morning. High water at Plymouth is 8:48pm today and 9:03am tomorrow. Times of high water will vary along the coast. All times are in local time. High tides, large waves and strong winds may cause wave overtopping and localised flooding at undefended quaysides including Looe and Fowey. Expect tides to be around 0.36m higher than predicted, due to weather conditions. The forecast wind over the high tides is SSW force 7 with upto 5.4m offshore waves. Peak tide levels are falling, however stormy conditions are expected until Saturday afternoon. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. We will continue to monitor the situation and update as required. Detailed tidal information; The forecast high tide level at Plymouth this evening is 2.68mAOD , this is 0.36m above astronomical tide level and 2.51mAOD tomorrow morning, 0.3m above astronomical tide level.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Oct 2018 11:56
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tide on Friday morning. High water at Plymouth is at 8:30, times of high water will vary along the coast. Large waves and strong winds are expected. The forecast winds will be up to southerly force 8. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Oct 2018 11:30
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tide on Wednesday evening. High water at Plymouth is at 19:33, times of high water will vary along the coast. Forecast elevated water levels may cause overtopping and localised flooding at undefended quayside locations including Looe and Fowey. Expect tides to be around 220mm higher than predicted, due to weather conditions. The forecast wind speed over the peak tide is east south east force 5. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. Sea levels are set to peak on Wednesday afternoon, however large waves and strong winds are expected from Thursday morning. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required. Detailed tidal information; The forecast high tide level at Plymouth is 2.87mAOD, this is 0.22 metres above astronomical tide level.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Mar 2018 12:00
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tide on Sunday morning, 4th March. High water at Fowey is at 7.08am, times of high water will vary along the coast. High spring tides combined with wind and waves are forecast to cause flooding of low lying areas and some sea spray in exposed coastal areas. Locations particularly at risk include Fowey, Looe and Polperro. Stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; The forecast high tide level at Fowey is 3.15 mAOD, this is 0.44 m above astronomical tide level, with Force 6 South South Easterly winds and offshore wave heights of 3.5m.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Mar 2018 12:40
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tide on Saturday morning, 3rd March. High water at Fowey is at 6.25am, times of high water will vary along the coast. High spring tides combined with wind and waves are forecast to cause flooding of low lying areas and some sea spray in exposed coastal areas. Locations particularly at risk include Fowey, Looe and Polperro. With Met Office warnings of ice and snow also in force people are advised to stay away from risk areas and take extra care next to the coast in freezing conditions. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required. Detailed tidal information for those who use it; The forecast high tide level at Fowey is 3.03 mAOD, this is 0.33 m above astronomical tide level, with Force 6 south easterly winds and offshore wave heights of 2.2 m.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Jan 2018 14:34
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tides on Thursday evening (4th January) and Friday morning (5th January). Large waves and strong winds combined with high tides mean conditions will be hazardous in exposed locations. The time of high tide at Fowey is 19:25 this evening. Force 5 South South Westerly winds are forecast, with offshore wave heights of up to 2 to 3m. The time of high tide at Fowey is 07:43 tomorrow morning. Force 7 West South Westerly winds are forecast, with offshore wave heights of up to 3 to 4m. Times of high water are given at Fowey but will vary along the coast. Conditions may cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal areas. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. EA staff are checking flood defences are in working order and are monitoring conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Jan 2018 15:16
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tide on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning . High water at Fowey is at 18:50 pm and 07:09am, times of high water will vary along the coast. Force 4-7 Westerly winds are forecast. Offshore wave heights approx. 4m are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required. Conditions are forecast to remain unsettled through to the weekend and further alerts are likely


Flood Alert issued on 2 Jan 2018 18:55
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tide on Wednesday Morning. High water at Fowey is at 06:07 a.m, times of high water will vary along the coast. Strong force 8 Westerly winds are forecast. Significant offshore wave heights increasing to over 4m are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required. Conditions are forecast to remain unsettled through to the weekend and further alerts are likely


Flood Alert issued on 2 Jan 2018 12:06
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tide on Tuesday evening. High water at Fowey is at 17:45 pm, times of high water will vary along the coast. Strong force 7 -8 South West to North westerly winds are forecast. Significant offshore wave heights increasing to over 4m are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required. Conditions are forecast to remain unsettled through to the weekend and further alerts are likely


Flood Alert issued on 20 Oct 2017 12:21
South Cornwall Coast
Flooding is possible over the high tide tomorrow morning, Saturday 21st October. High water at Plymouth is at 07:15am, times vary along the coast. Force 8 West South Westerly winds and offshore waves of 5.1m may cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations at Looe and Fowey. A temporary barrier is in place, deployed on Town and Albert's Quay in Fowey on Thursday, which performed well in the evening’s high tide. The barrier is to prevent significant flooding to property, not nuisance flooding of water ponding in the street. Please ensure you deploy your own temporary defences in case of barrier failure or significant overtopping. People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care by the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue monitoring. Detailed tidal information; the forecast high tide level at Plymouth is 2.66 mAOD, 0.31m above astronomical tide level.