Flood Alert Info - Helford and Fal Rivers

Area Description

The Lizard, Penryn, Falmouth, Truro, Ladock, Tresillian and Grampound.
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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There are no Flood Alerts currently in force for this area. See below for historical flood warnings.

Area Covered by this Flood Alert

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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

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • Each Flood Alert may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Alert table above.

Flood Alert issued on 28 Feb 2020 12:29
River Kenwyn, Rover Allen, River Fal, River Tinney
Flooding is possible from late Friday through to the morning of Saturday 29th February, with river levels remaining high throughout the day. Heavy and persistent rainfall, as a result of storm Jorge, is expected this evening and overnight clearing to the East throughout the day on Saturday. Rivers are expected to rise quickly in response to this rainfall. This may cause flooding of low lying land and roads. Take care near the areas of concern and keep up to date with your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area ready to respond as required. This message will be updated on Saturday, or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 10:08
River Kenwyn, Rover Allen, River Fal, River Tinney
Fal River levels have risen in response to recent rainfall causing flooding of low lying land and roads. Whilst the heaviest of the rain has now passed, rainfall in the early hours of this morning, Sunday 16th February, is causing river levels to remain high. River levels are expected to peak this afternoon. Take care near the areas of concern and keep up to date with your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and have staff ready to respond as required. This message will be updated by 18:00 on Sunday 16th February, or earlier if conditions change.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 01:48
River Kenwyn, Rover Allen, River Fal, River Tinney
River levels have risen in response to this rainfall causing flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river throughout the night and continuing through Sunday. The Met Office have issued a weather warning for Storm Dennis to bring persistent and heavy rain which is forecast to continue until Sunday afternoon 16th February. River levels are forecast to be at their highest between 08:00 and 13:00 on Sunday 16th February. Take care near the areas of concern and keep up to date with your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and have staff ready to respond as required. This message will be updated by 15:00 on Sunday 16th February, or earlier if conditions change.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 13:05
River Kenwyn, Rover Allen, River Fal, River Tinney
Flooding is possible from approximately 3pm on Saturday afternoon, through to and including Sunday. Heavy and persistent rainfall associated with Storm Dennis has fallen throughout the morning causing river levels to rise. Further heavy rainfall is expected throughout the weekend, with a particularly heavy band forecast for Sunday morning. Widespread totals of around 20-40mm of rain are expected, with higher totals possible over high ground. Catchments are likely to react quickly to further rainfall and may cause flooding of low lying land and roads. Take care near the areas of concern and keep up to date with your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area ready to respond as required. This message will be updated on Sunday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Nov 2019 11:49
River Kenwyn, Rover Allen, River Fal, River Tinney
The rainfall overnight has seen widespread totals of 20-40mm across Cornwall. River levels have responded to this rainfall and are expected to remain high and a flood alert is still in force for the Helford and Fal Rivers today, Saturday 02 November. Although the heaviest of the rain has passed, further bands of heavy showers are forecast throughout the day. Rain easing from Sunday morning, followed by heavy showers. There may be flooding to low lying land and road. Take care near the low lying areas prone to flooding and check your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and this message will be updated this afternoon.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Nov 2019 15:59
River Kenwyn, Rover Allen, River Fal, River Tinney
Heavy rain is forecast from the early hours of tomorrow morning, Saturday 2nd November, which will last throughout the day. This is likely to be widespread and persistent with the potential for surface water and river flooding throughout Saturday. Widespread totals of around 20-40mm of rain are expected. There is potential for localised totals of up to 80mm particularly on higher ground. The forecast is unclear on the precise location of these areas in Cornwall. Catchments are already wet from recent wet weather and are likely to react quickly to further rainfall. This will be accompanied by strong westerly winds which could lead to significant leaf fall, contributing to increased flood risk due to blocked drainage gullies. We will continue to monitor the situation, this message will be updated on Saturday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 25 Oct 2019 16:45
River Kenwyn, Rover Allen, River Fal, River Tinney
This is based on a forecast for heavy rainfall over this evening (Friday) through to mid-day Saturday with the potential for surface water and river flooding from the early hours of Saturday morning. There will be prolonged rainfall over this evening and throughout the night, with many places seeing 10-20mm of rain. Within this, there is a potential for localised intense periods of rainfall leading to 30-40mm falling over a few hours. The forecast is unclear on the precise location of these areas in Cornwall. Over higher moorland areas rainfall totals could reach 80-90mm. This rain is falling on wet ground, increasing the amount of surface water running off land and into streams and rivers. This rainfall will be accompanied by strong southwesterly winds which could lead to significant leaf fall, contributing to increased flood risk due to blocked drainage gullies. This message will be updated on Saturday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Mar 2018 22:53
River Kenwyn, Rover Allen, River Fal, River Tinney
Flooding is expected this evening Wednesday 14th March into Thursday morning. Following constant rain all day an intense band of frontal rain has fallen over the Helford and Fal area in the last few hours. Surface water is now draining into rivers. Catchments are very wet, leading to flooding of low lying land and roads. Expect river levels to remain high throughout Thursday. We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. This message will be updated when the situation changes.