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Storm leaves trail of chaos in Devon
Updated 9:37am Thursday 6th February 2014 in News
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- The Environment Agency has issued a severe weather warning for the south Devon coast from Exmouth to Lyme Regis and warned people to keep away from coastal areas during the storm.
- Police in Dawlish have declared a major incident after 20 people in their homes had to be evacuated
- Dawlish was severely effected last night with up to 90 feet of the seawall ripped away and the station and rails badly damaged.
- All train services between Exeter and Penzance have been cancelled
Things have calmed down a bit for now but if there are any new developments we will be back.
RT @foo_the_huck: @FGW Another dramatic #dawlish picture... http://t.co/V4OmlnFsXt— @NarboroughL 05 February 2014
THIS just in from Stagecoast South West bus company:
"Service 55/155 - we cannot currently serve Stoke Canon following a road closure therefore we will be diverting via Crediton and Bickleigh."
Some branch lines in Cornwall and Devon are now operating, although all lines between Exeter St Davids and Penzance remain closed.
First Great Western remains unable to offer a train service west of Exeter due to further overnight severe weather conditions.
It said: "We are working with Network Rail to evaluate the rail conditions in many areas. We are unable to procure road transport as many of the roads have been affected by the weather conditions.
"We would strongly advise customers not to attempt to travel for the rest of today."
Now Kingsand's clock tower is under threat from pounding waves, reports BBC Radio Cornwall's Johnny O'Shea— @crucialpr 05 February 2014
RT @BBCCornwall: .@johnnyoshea says a wave has gone right over the top of the clock tower in Kingsand!— @purplepassion4 05 February 2014
Clock tower and institute apparently damaged #kingsand stay safe everyone! Stay strong clock tower! Iconic feature of the village #storm— @SherbertonZ 05 February 2014
The clock tower in Kingsand is still standing says @johnnyoshea, the waves are receeding slightly but the swell is still very big there.— @BBCCornwall 05 February 2014
RT @BBCCornwall: .@johnnyoshea says a wave has gone right over the top of the clock tower in Kingsand!— @appleeugene 05 February 2014
Police say clock tower in Kingsand is in danger of collapse
The railway between Exeter and Penzance is currently shut after damage at several locations caused by storm force winds, heavy seas and flooding.
On the coast at Dawlish, around 80m of both tracks has been severely damaged by the sea, washing away ballast and the foundations on which the track is built. There is also severe damage to the sea wall and the track and platforms at Dawlish station.
Network Rail engineers are on site at a number of locations in the south west of England and are making repairs where the weather conditions permit. It is hoped that these repairs will enable some services on the main line between Plymouth and Penzance to resume today, however the line between Exeter and Plymouth will remain closed until further notice owing to the damage at Dawlish.
An initial assessment of the damage at Dawlish will be carried out as soon as the weather subsides to help Network Rail identify the extent and scope of repairs required to enable trains to run safely.
Passengers are advised to check with their train operator or National Rail Enquiries for the latest information on how the weather is impacting on journeys before setting off.
Seen piccies of waves even at looe beach, Weather mustttt be atrosh!— @Liv_Childs 05 February 2014
RT @RCROCornwall: Areas to avoid: Looe, Kingsand/Cawsand and surrounding roads. Heavy damage and blocked roads, travel with great care @pir…— @FirstBus_Devon 05 February 2014
Sounds like this morning's storm was the worst of the year in Devon. Kingsbridge flooded and houses damaged by waves at Torcross— @journo_alex 05 February 2014
RT @SouthHams_DC: 4 homes have been evacuated at #Torcross as high tide threatens properties. Our staff are helping residents & assessing d…— @CarefulKeith 05 February 2014
Road closed and four homes evacuated at Torcross
Shingle thrown onto Slapton Line by the storm forced the closure of the road to vehicles this morning and four homes have had to be evacuated on the seafront at Torcross as the high tides smashed the fronts of four properties.
Teams from South Hams District Council's works department are surveying the damage and helping where they can to ensure residents are safe during today's tidal surge and severe storm.
A spokesman for South Hams District Council said: "Our teams have been down there since early this morning trying to make sure people are safe as possible in the circumstances.
"The properties were evacuated because there was danger from broken glass and further damage caused by the breaking rollers.
"We also have unconfirmed reports that there may be a breach in the sea defences and that the rebuilt road in front of Slapton Ley is threatened. We are awaiting reports back from our engineer at the scene."
Hard pressed road engineers are also trying to assess whether the road has been damaged.
Timber in West Hoe @plymhoe http://t.co/bcuwB46J4d— @FudgeGecko 05 February 2014
Torbay lifeboat securing heritage boat in Brixham harbour http://t.co/6CNZjXl7rx— @StevePSutton 05 February 2014
Devon and Cornwall Police says it is continuing to work with partners across the Force area in responding to overnight storms.
Multi-agency teams are working across the region to deal with a large amount of calls relating to road debris, damage to property and flooding.
The train track and railway station at Dawlish has suffered severe damage overnight and high tide is currently being experienced in the area. Police would ask anyone planning to travel to Dawlish in order to look at the scene to refrain and allow responders to do everything possible to help local residents.
People are also asked to stay away from coastal areas where waves may well cause damage to vehicles.
In Plymouth The Hoe is experiencing large waves and damage to some properties. We are currently working with the local authority to make the area as safe as possible.
Cornwall saw damage and debris overnight and remains in recovery this morning.
There remains a host of minor road closures throughout the region due to road debris and fallen trees. Motorists are warned to expect the unexpected on rural roads and drive according to road conditions.
Flood water should also be avoided and speeds should be lowered on the region’s main road network.
The latest information can be found on Twitter by following @metoffice, @envagency and @envagencySW. You can also follow the hashtag #floodwaware
RT @callmejonny: Kingsand this morning...evacuation http://t.co/VmsQvOURga— @Cornish_View 05 February 2014
There are further problems at Kingsand and at Cawsand where there are reports of damage to the Clock Tower and the Institution building at Kingsand and a house which is in danger of collapsing into the sea. Teams from CORMAC, the fire and rescue service, the police and the coastguards are on the scene. Further teams from CORMAC are also on route to make safe the homes damaged by last night’s severe weather. A rest centre has now been opened at Maker with Rame Village Hall for any residents who may have to leave their homes.
The latest report from the MET office forecasts further strong winds today, with heavy rain. This is expected to ease towards the end of the day, but more heavy rain is expected on Thursday morning and then a further period of strong winds and heavy rain on Friday evening into Saturday.
A spokesman for South Hams District Council said homes on the seafront at Torcross in Devon were evacuated "because there was danger from broken glass and further damage caused by the breaking rollers".
He added: "We also have unconfirmed reports that there may be a breach in the sea defences and that the rebuilt road in front of Slapton Ley is threatened. We are awaiting reports back from our engineer at the scene."
In Kingsand homes were evacuated overnight because of a fear of flooding.
RT @callmejonny: #stormkingsand keep safe people of kingsand http://t.co/SGbL4OcaeK— @OceanMINI 05 February 2014
RT “@callmejonny: Power of the waves @kingsand http://t.co/JnTJRdK71t”— @BBCCornwall 05 February 2014
RT @sophiepierce: Another pic of the rail line at Dawlish hanging over the space where the sea wall used to be more @BBCDevon http://t.co/6…— @pomdays 05 February 2014
RT @Sarah_Ransome: High tide now ... More terrace gone.. Rail racks swinging in mid air.. #dawlish http://t.co/7tDGIvhpBC— @dm_wiles1234 05 February 2014
RT @networkrail: #NewtonAbbot Further damage overnight at Dawlish (pic) Assessments will be made by our staff. @nationalrailenq http://t.co…— @JKMonaghan 05 February 2014
RT @returnofthepac: Plymouth hoe is getting smashed ! #devon #plymouth #plymouthhoe #storm http://t.co/2jIbaSEdkS— @Jot555 05 February 2014
Saddened to see my beloved #Devon taking such a battering in the #storm Thoughts with all battling the waves, wind and weather.— @thetvdetective 05 February 2014
RT @FlexihosePlym: Huge respect to the emergency services, clean up crews and volunteers out in #plymouth #devon #cornwall last night & tod…— @GingerdogPhoto 05 February 2014
RT @PaigntonZoo: .@LIvingCoasts is closed today due to flooding caused by the extreme weather. We will bring you more news later today. #st…— @TheKateHaskell 05 February 2014
BBC News - Devon and Cornwall storm: Homes evacuated http://t.co/42Pue5dOt5 Stay safe, people— @sophiestenduffy 05 February 2014
RT @richardwestcott: Wow..storm damage at Dawlish #ukstorm http://t.co/pGn23isNym— @cafealfresco 05 February 2014
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