WITH its rugged coastline, pretty harbour and typical Cornish charm, it's no surprise BBC crime drama Beyond Paradise chose to film in Looe.
The show has been a big hit – but while it looks idyllic on screen, locals say the seaside town is far from paradise, with one big problem in particular.
Looe is prone to flooding – once earning itself the unenviable title of the most flooded town in the UK.
Just this week the town was hit by high spring tides which rose above the quay wall and submerged pavements and roads, causing chaos to local bus services.
It's seen far worse over the years, with floods estimated to have cost the local economy £39m between 2012 and 2017 alone, with mostly businesses affected.
Climate scientists predict that with sea levels rising in the coming decades, most of the town will end up in a flood zone. Some streets and the railway are expected to be underwater by 2150.
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Angie Aldridge, who works at Looe's Sarah's Cake Shop, tells The Sun on our visit: "We are fortunate that we are up a couple of steps, but when it does flood there are no ways around town, and when the tide goes out again it leaves mud and debris."
Last year the town unveiled plans for a huge breakwater and tidal barrier to protect Looe from flooding. But opinions were split with some fearing its impact on marine life and character of the town.
Councillor Hannaford said: "Quite a few businesses are directly affected by flooding, they're very resilient and even have pumps in the middle of their property.
"They can't get flood insurance because insurance companies say it's too risky. Nobody there has carpets any more because of the flooding, they are all tiled. It causes so much disruption to people."
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