Cider farm struck by flash floods in downpour with muddy water spilling out of store

A cider farm flooded on Tuesday, August 16 afternoon because of thunderstorms, following this month’s intense heatwave.

Haywood Cider Farm in St Mabyn near Wadebridge, Cornwall, was hit by flash floods on August 16.

In a video by 44-year-old owner Tom Bray, muddy water can be seen pouring down the stairs to the cellar at lunchtime.

The store usually holds cider which is produced on the farm’s granite cider press, and luckily there was no damage to the store itself.

The Bray family has lived on the farm since 1919 and has been producing “proper Cornish still cider made the traditional way” for almost 20 years.

Meanwhile, after the scorching heatwave in Cornwall that saw temperatures hit the mid-30s, heavy rain has turned roads in the centre of Truro into rivers as buses tried to navigate the deep water.

It comes as the ‘extreme heat’ weather warning is replaced by a three-day weather warning for thunderstorms with almost three inches of rainfall possible in parts.

The Met Office has said heavy rain and lightning strikes could hit some places, with the risk of travel disruption to follow.

Workmen for Truro City Council and the park rangers team have been working to clear the drains around the Trafalgar roundabout in Truro after it was flooded during the heavy downpour.

Yellow warnings covered the whole of the Duchy between 10am today and continue through to 23.59pm tomorrow, followed by another from 9am to 23.59pm on Wednesday.

The Met Office’s danger-to-life amber warning stated: “Thunderstorms and heavy showers are likely to cause travel disruption and in a few places flooding”.

The yellow warning states: “Hit-and-miss thunderstorms likely to develop through Monday, producing some torrential downpours for some spots, and possible disruption”.

For Tuesday and Wednesday, the forecaster said: “While some places stay dry, others are likely to see thunderstorms with torrential rain”.

The UK is entering a more unsettled period of weather, with thunderstorms set to batter the country over the coming days, the Met Office warned.