A South West Water spokesperson said: "This year the South West has seen the dramatic changes in weather patterns presented by climate change, as demonstrated in August when the region was declared in drought. Through these changes, we are now experiencing more extreme weather patterns than ever before and this year the South West saw one of the driest and hottest years on record.
"Following heavy, localised rainfall this morning (Sunday 30 October), a permitted storm overflow triggered at Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes, Cornwall. Storm overflows are designed to release excess storm water into rivers and seas when a prolonged rainfall occurs to prevent the risk of sewage backing up and flooding homes and public spaces by allowing a controlled release.
"We continue to increase investment in the region’s infrastructure as part of our continued commitment to protecting and enhancing the natural environment."
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