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- PEOPLE across Devon are being warned to take extra precautions to protect their homes as further heavy rain increases the flood risk once again.
THE South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust says it has attended 13 road traffic collisions this morning.
A Trust spokesman said: "The public can be reassured that all emergency, public and health services are working together to continue to provide a safe and effective service to all communities in the South West.
"However, it is vital that the public think about the most appropriate service for their needs before calling 999.
THE emergency services in the South-West have given their latest guidance and advice for dealing with the severe weather.
The following is from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
"Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are reminding people to be aware of possible flooding later today and over the weekend as predicted by the Met Office.
The Service is especially asking motorists to heed warnings not to drive through any floodwater, as it could put themselves and others at risk."
Area manager Alex Hanson said: “It is impossible to tell how deep water is or the condition of the ground beneath.
"Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded. Vehicles can float away in just two feet of water.
“If you do see floodwater on the road, do not attempt to drive through it; instead try to find an alternative route.
"If a road has been closed, it is for the safety of the public and closure signs should be respected.”
Motorists should also be aware of the possibility of tree branches and other debris on the roads due to high winds earlier this morning.
The service offers further useful advice which could help prevent accidents during heavy rainfall and flooding:
People should bear in mind the following safety tips:
• Don’t walk on sea defences or riverbanks.
• Avoid walking or driving through flood water.
• Keep children and vulnerable people out of floodwater.
• Take care or avoid crossing bridges when water levels are high.
• Take care crossing culverts as they are dangerous when flooded.
• If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately if safe to do so and seek higher ground.
• Do not travel in heavy rain storms unless absolutely necessary. Keep an eye on weather reports on local television or listen to local radio.
• Do not attempt to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow water moving fast can sweep you off your feet and there may be hidden dangers such as open drains, damaged road surfaces, submerged debris or deep channels; these can cause serious injuries or even death.
• Do not smoke, eat or drink whilst in contact with floodwater and always wash your hands afterwards
• Following a flood in your home, make sure all electrical circuits are fully dried out and checked by an electrical engineer before switching back on can cause serious injuries or even death.
Replacement bus service running on First Great Western between Exeter St Davids and Exmouth due to signalling problem. A signalling problem means trains cannot run between Exeter St Davids and Exmouth.
Buses will run between these stations, extending journey times by up to 30 minutes. There is no estimate for the resumption of a normal service.
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FIREFIGHTERS dealing with a collision on the M5 northbound, between junctions 28 and 29 this morning, say they discovered "additional incidents due to a severe cloudburst and thunderstorm".
The crash happened just after 9am. Everybody was out of the vehicles by the time fire crews arrived.
Mill Street Kingsbridge. PICTURE: NORSWORTHY PHOTOGRAPHY
Defences hold firm at Teignmouth
Trains, having got back on track after earlier disruption, are suffering again after lightning damaged signalling equipment.
Flooding round up:
A385 at Paignton and the B3205 Warfleet Road Dartmouth are flooded, while the B3192 Exeter Road at Teignmouthn is partially blocked due to a fallen tree.
The A379 Embankment Road at Kingsbridge is also suffering with the road flooded. Approach with care.
A FURTHER 58 flood warnings are in place across the South-West.
THE Environment Agency has issued the following Severe Flood Warnings for Devon: North Devon Coast at Ilfracombe; North Devon coastal communities, including Westward Ho!, Combe Martin and Lynmouth; River Torridge from Weare Giffard to Bideford; South Devon Coast from Start Point to Dawlish Warren; South Devon Coast from Exmouth to Lyme Regis.