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  • Brief respite Monday morning before further showers this afternoon
  • A woman has died after a tree fall near Exeter
  • Devon and Cornwall bear the brunt of overnight rains
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11:29am

 

11:28am

Conditions are improving today across the Devon's major road network, but highways engineers are concerned that sub zero temperatures later in the week will further compound damage to the network.

Highways teams have been out again early this morning, scouting the major road network, identify problems and clearing up.

In Barnstaple, the A377  has been  closed  due to flooding, as is the A399 due to a minor landslide.

The A396 at Cove is closed due to flooding. 

The A377, Exeter to Crediton is passable with care.

The B3227, Exeter to Bampton is closed due to flooding.

Harts Lane in Exeter is closed due to a landslip. 

Ludwell Lane, Exeter and Ridgewell Road, Topsham, are also closed.

Western Way, Exeter, is currently open but may be closed later to allow for work to remove the large tree root-ball, that fell at the weekend.

In Newton Abbot, the main roads are open but there are reports of fallen trees and landslips.

The main road into Christow is closed, cutting the village off.

A landslip on the road at Combeinteignhead has also closed the main road.

Roads in Ivybridge are passable with care.

The B3213, Lydford to Ivybridge  has been closed due to flooding,  but is now passable.

And in Torrington, the A386 is passable with care.

Chris Cranston, Devon County Council's Highway Operations Control Centre Manager, says:

"We're targeting  most of the problems on the main road network today, before we're then able to look at making longer term repairs to areas damaged by the excessive rainfall and flooding.

"We're also prioritising communities, such as Christow, that have become  partially  cut off.

"And we're hoping to scout our minor road network for problems.

"But with frost expected from Tuesday night, we're concerned about road conditions. 

"Heavy leaf fall, wet road surfaces and ice will make driving conditions treacherous, and  running water will make salting  less effective.

"We're still advising caution, and reminding drivers not to drive into flood water; drive with caution; try to avoid driving after dark; and to stay up to date with weather and flood related news from the Environment Agency and Met Office."

8:37am

THE clean-up operation begins as Mid Devon experiences the calm after the weekend's storms.

The Environment Agency downgraded the two severe warnings in the South West to flood warnings.

But there are still more than 200 separate flood warning across the South-West ahead of further showers this afternoon.

9:12pm

DEVON and Somerset Fire and Rescue have been busy attending flooding rescues this evening (November 25).

At around 5pm they rescued a woman from a house surrounded by flood water in Thorney, Langport in Somerset.

Then at 6.25pm two Tavistock crews pumped out water from a basement in building at Lydford, Okehampton. They also provided flooding assistance in an underground car park in Livermead, Torquay.

At 6.50pm they helped homeowners after a property flooded in Frogmore, Kingsbridge.

9:03pm

DEVON and Cornwall Police have said that 250 properties across the area have been flooded, including 30 homes in Kennford, near Exeter.

People made the decision to abandon their homes when the River Kenn burst its banks.

There are currently 60 amber flood alerts in force for the South West, alongside 59 flood warnings.

3:32pm

Dawlish, in Devon - following day after night of torrential rain. You can see workers pumping and brushing water from properties.

3:13pm

 

3:01pm

2:42pm

Warning of more rain to come: Met Office

Valid from: 1300 on Sun 25 Nov 2012

Valid to: 2359 on Sun 25 Nov 2012

After a drier interlude, further heavy rain is expected to affect the area during Sunday afternoon and evening. Given existing levels of saturation, the public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/?regionName=sw

2:39pm

2:38pm

Flooing latest: In Plymouth around 60 people have been evacuated from around 12 locations. The Ride was badly affected as was the Colebrook area. Officers have dealt with numerous reports of people stuck in their cars in the flood water across the county.

There has been significant disruption to the road network affecting both local and main roads. The A38 where it meets the M5 was badly affected by surface water and the A377 west of Cowley Bridge was impassable. 

Residents of a nursing home at Cullompton were evacuated as a precaution due to water levels.

Some of the areas badly affected were Dawlish, Exmouth, Topsham, Seaton, Newton St Cyres and Stoke Cannon. 

On a lighter note, a  number of ducks in Dawlish had a lucky escape. A caged area used to raise young ducks on the river in the centre of Dawlish had to be forced open by Police Officers with bolt croppers to stop them drowning in the rising water.

12:48pm

Jodie Mancuso sent in this photo of Darts Farm in Topsham, Devon. Send us your photos at newsquestsomerset@gmail.com

Mid Devon Star:

11:10am

AN AMBER flood alert remains in place for parts of Mid Devon this morning (November 25).

The Rivers Creedy, Creedy Yeo, Little Dart, Lapford Yeo and their tributaries remain high and the ground is saturated, with more rain is expected today and tomorrow.

A spokesman from the EA said: “Standing water on fields and roads may still be a problem and you should avoid going near it or driving through it. Do not take any unnecessary risks.

“Strong winds will mean that drainage channels and minor watercourses are more likely to become blocked by leaves and wind-blown debris, this could increase the risk of surface water flooding. 

“Check your flood kits, clear your drains and screens. Any demountable defences or sandbags you may have should be ready to be used.”

Roads and transport networks may well continue to be disrupted or affected further.

10:46am

10:45am

10:01am

A 21-year-old woman has died and two others were seriously injured after a tree fell on them as floods and high winds battered parts of Britain.

The three were injured when a large tree collapsed in Western Way in Exeter at 11.50pm.

Police said the woman had been living in a small tent sheltered against the wall at the roadside when the tree fell on it. She died almost immediately.

9:42pm

THE MET Office has predicted up to 40mm of rain will fall across Devon by midnight tonight (November 24), after it issued an amber warning for flooding across the region.

There are currently 34 flood warnings in the South West, meaning flooding is expected and residents should take immediate action to protect their homes and themselves.

On Friday evening Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue removed one million litres of water from the area below Grand Western Canal, near Tiverton, which burst its banks on Wednesday.

High volume pumps are currently being used at the scene, transferring water from one part of the canal to another watercourse to relieve pressure.

Transport has also been affected, with rail services switching to replacement busses for cross country services from Exeter to Bristol. Diversions are in place between Exeter and Yeovil.

The rail line between Tiverton and Exeter will be closed until at least Monday, according to Network Rail.

9:19pm

HIGH volume pumping appliances are expected to be operating at Great Western Canal, Halberton, this evening (November 24).

The pumps are anticipated to be at the scene for most of the weekend, transferring water from one part of the canal to another watercourse.

It is hoped this will relieve pressure in an area where there is concern regarding the canal banks being breached.

12:53pm

THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has issued an amber flood alert for parts of Mid Devon. (November 24)

The Rivers Creedy, Creedy Yeo, Little Dart, Lapford Yeo and their tributaries remain high and the ground is saturated, meaning further rains today (November 24) will add to the flooding chaos.

Further rain is expected over this weekend and the flood alert remains in force.

A spokesman from the EA said: “Standing water on fields and roads may still be a problem and you should avoid going near it or driving through it. Do not take any unnecessary risks.

“Today is your opportunity to take action and prepare for possible flooding. Check your flood kits, clear your drains and screens.

“Any demountable defences or sandbags you may have should be ready to be used.”

Strong winds will mean drainage channels and minor watercourses are more likely to become blocked by leaves and wind-blown debris, which could increase the risk of surface water flooding.

Roads and transport networks may well continue to be disrupted or affected further.

3:04pm

DEVON County Council has issued a warning to residents to take extra care as the county continues to suffer the effects of severe weather, with further heavy rainfall expected over the weekend.
A band of heavy rain crossed the county yesterday evening, causing flooding and surface water problems on Devon’s road network including the A377 (Longford Bridge, Half Moon and Bishop's Tawton), A396 Ashleigh Tip and Chitterley, and B3181 at Uffculme. Numerous trees have also fallen in the strong winds.
Some roads remained closed this morning, including the A386 between Vigo Bridge and Stony Bridge in Tavistock due to a number of fallen trees, while others are open, but passable with care.
Approximately 20 residents were evacuated from their homes on St David’s Hill, Exeter, as a precaution last night after a wall collapsed as a result of flooding. Hele Road remains closed this morning.
Temporary dams stemming the escape of water from the breached Grand Western Canal have been successful, after engineers worked overnight on Wednesday to regain control. Approximately two miles of the canal drained through a breach in its embankment late Wednesday afternoon.
With the Met Office predicting more rain for the West Country over the weekend, as well as strong winds, Devon County Council’s highways teams and emergency planners are actively monitoring the highway network and on standby to respond.

The public are warned to prepare for a further risk of both surface water and river flooding during this period , as well as the potential for further fallen trees.
Environment Agency flood warnings remain on of Devon’s rivers, including the Clyst (Upper, Middle), Lowman, Torridge (Lower), Culm (Lower, Upper), Dart, Teign (Lower).
 

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said:
“Our Control Centre staff and those out on our highway network have been working extremely hard to deal with all of the problems thrown up by the weather.
“Teams are still clearing some roads which have been affected by flooding and fallen trees, and are tackling them as quickly as they possibly can, and are all set to continue to deal with any further incidents that are reported to us."
 

“We are working with our colleagues at the Met Office and the Environment Agency to monitor the weather situation, and are warning our communities to take extra care.
“Conditions have been appalling and there is still a lot of water around, combined with strong winds. Although the rain has cleared for now, I encourage people be alert to the potential for surface water and residual flooding, particularly in areas where ground is already saturated and on minor roads where problems may not be brought to our attention straight away.
“I would urge everyone across the county to be cautious when travelling, especially in the dark. Make sure you are up to date with the latest flood and weather warning information, which can be found on the Environment Agency’s website, and via the Met Office, and don’t attempt to drive through flood water, you’re putting your life at risk, and the lives of those who might have to come and rescue you.”
 

Met Office weather warnings for the South West are issued online here - http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/sw/sw_forecast_warnings.html
Further information and advice about the weather, including the details of agencies involved in dealing with the impacts of severe weather, can be found on the Met Office website here - http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/links.html
The Environment Agency flood warnings for the South West are online here - http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34678.aspx?type=Region&term=Southwest&from=fl 
 

2:57pm

OFFICIALS at the Environment Agency have warned communities in Devon to prepare for more flooding this weekend.

A spokesman said: "There is a continued risk of surface water and river flooding across the South-West this weekend.

"River flooding is likely with the possibility of significant disruption, particularly across Devon and Somerset.

"Emergency teams from the Environment Agency have been working around the clock to maintain defences, monitor river levels, clear blockages from watercourses and pump out flood water from towns and villages.

"Latest figures show that 125 properties across the South-West have flooded since Tuesday.

"Flooding has a devastating impact on people, families and communities and our thoughts are with those who have flooded this week.

‘We urge people to continue to be prepared for flooding, sign up for Environment Agency flood warnings, keep up to date with the latest situation, and stay away from dangerous flood water.

"It is especially important people avoid driving through flood water. It could be deeper than you think."

12:22pm

11:34am

LATEST Met Office weather warning in South West for Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25.

"Many areas are likely to experience a period of very wet and very windy weather over the weekend. The public should be aware that some flooding is likely, and winds could potentially cause damage to buildings and uproot some trees.

Given the saturated ground there is potential for the rainfall to lead to considerable disruption in some areas, though at this stage details are uncertain. Equally some regions will escape with minimal impacts."

 

 

11:29am

5:01pm

New image of collapsed road bridge on B3181 over the River Culm near Bradninch. 

Mid Devon Star: Bridge collapse Bradninch

4:57pm

New image of collapsed road bridge on B3181 over the River Culm near Bradninch. 

Mid Devon Star: Bridge collapse Devon 2012

4:45pm

A CANOEIST has been rescued off the south Devon coast after he was spotted being dragged out to sea in near storm force winds.

Brixham Coastguard coordinated the rescue after receiving a 999 call at 1.46pm today (Thursday). The caller said it looked as if the canoe had capsized and was in difficulty just off the west coast of Burgh Island. The wind at the time was Force 9, gusting Force 11 (64–73 mph).

The Bigbury Coastguard Rescue Team, Plymouth and Salcombe RNLI lifeboats and the coastguard rescue helicopter based at Portland were all sent to the scene but the canoeist managed to get himself to shore.

Dave Scullion, watch manager at Brixham Coastguard, says: "We strongly advise not to go out in these stormy conditions, particularly in small craft such as canoes or kayaks. Sending units to rescue people in these types of avoidable incidents will put the rescue teams at risk.

"Even though he managed to self recover, we were concerned about the possibility of secondary drowning which can occur with as little as a tablespoon of fluid in the lungs."
 
 

2:51pm

THE Christmas light switch-on which was due to take place in Exeter tonight (Thursday) has been cancelled. The late-night shopping evening will go ahead as planned.

11:32am

THERE is severe disruption to train services throughout Devon for a second day due to flooding, with replacement bus services in operation.

Passengers are advised to check with National Rail before travelling.

9:53am

Further deluges, expected to lead to localised flooding, are due this afternoon in Devon.

For the latest weather forecast, click on the icon below and for live travel updates, click here.

1:57pm

B3137 closed both ways due to flooding between B3227 East Street (South Molton) and Rackenford Road (Tiverton).

 

1:46pm

WITH the heavy rainfall over night, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are urging people to be aware of possible flooding and reminding drivers not to risk their lives by driving through any flood water.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are experiencing a high amount of calls to flooding incidents across the Service area. Since the rainfall began early this morning, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have attended 51 incidents due to flooding with 38 incidents still on-going.
At 10.30am the service received 311 calls for assistance since the first flooding incident which took place at 02:12. As well as 18 rescues from vehicles caught in floodwater, one involving two people who were attempting to rescue cattle. At 10.30am the service were attending 12 live rescues from vehicles caught in flood water and assisting the ambulance service with a person who is diabetic and caught in flood water.   At this time there were 110 live incidents happening throughout Devon and Somerset, with 42 pumping appliances committed, with one appliance from Avon Fire & Rescue Service and three appliances from Dorset Fire & Rescue Service in assistance. Two Specialist Rescue teams are also committed to incidents.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service offer some useful advice which could help prevent accidents during heavy rainfall and flooding:

People should bear in mind the following safety tips:

• do not attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded. Vehicles can float away in just two feet of water

• 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

• children should not be allowed to play in flood water, which can become contaminated with sewerage and chemicals

• 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.

1:33pm

BRIDGE Street, Buckfastleigh the flood water has receded and has left the road surface badly damaged

Axminster Town centre is closed due to a lorry pulling down scaffolding

Traffic lights at the Acorn, Western way the bottom of South Street, Exeter are out.  An Engineer is on site
River Hele has burst it's banks near to the Hele Paper Mill and the road is closed

B3181 at Hay House drivers are driving past police road closed signs and getting stuck in the water.  SWH are putting out suitable advanced closure warnings to allow lorries and cars to be able to turn around

Devon County Council is warning people to drive with caution on the county’s roads following torrential rain this morning (Wed 21 Nov).
Heavy rain has hampered travel on roads right across Devon with several routes being closed or made impassable by conditions.
Before 8am this morning, the A3052 was closed at Bowd Inn near Sidmouth and diversions were set up, Woolbrook Road in Sidmouth was impassable, the A3072 was closed at Bickleigh Bridge and from North Tawton to Bow, and the A377 was closed at Cowley Hill. The B3181 at Hayhouse, Broadclyst, was impassable, as was Langford Bridge  at Honiton, and the Totnes to Avonwick road. There were also two large landslips on the B3192 near Teignmouth Golf Club.
The following roads remain closed;

Five Lanes, Compton Marldon

New Road, Bittern Park Road, Combe Vale Road, A379 Reed Vale in Teignmouth

B3121 Ermington

Vaughan Road near to the Labour Club in Exeter

A number of other roads were also affected by flooding and surface water but are open to traffic including:
B3179 - Clyst St George cars stuck leading to queuing traffic on the A376

A382 Whiddon Down
Chudleigh Knighton - Kingsteignton
A375 Cotford and Weycroft Bridge
A385 Shinners Bridge to Marley Head - both directions
A361 Gornhay Cross, Tiverton both carriageways
Halsdon Road and St. Johns Road Exmouth
Clyst Road, Topsham

Harrington Lane, Exeter

The road past Darts Farm, Clyst St. George

Warren Road, Dawlish
A380 Olchard Lane Ideford
B3193 Finlake
A3072 No Man's Land, Shobrooke.

Brickyard Lane and Staplake Road, Starcross

Lincombe Cross to Bradridge Cross, Dipford

The road from Whiddon Cross, Abbotskerswell

The road past Tower Court, Dunchideock

The road from West Lodge to Stag Cross, Willand
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “I would urge people to drive with extreme caution if they are travelling in Devon today. We have again been hit by torrential rain which has caused major disruption in parts of the county so I would ask everyone to bear with us. Our highways teams are working flat out to re-open roads but it may take some time to get the county moving again. It would appear that the worst of the severe weather has now passed, but a number of roads may take a while to re-open.”
As well as roads being closed, a number of schools have also been closed, either due to flooding on access roads or staff not being able to reach the school.
Among those confirmed as closed are Membury Community School, Clyst Hydon Primary School, Sidbury Primary, Tipton St John Church Of England Primary School, Otterton Church Of England Primary School, Bassetts Farm Primary School at Exmouth, Broadhembury Church of England Primary, Stokeinteignhead School and Seaton Primary School. Sidmouth Primary School was closed this morning but will be open this afternoon
Flood warnings are in place on the Rivers Exe, Axe, Otter, Culm, Coly, Teign and Yarty.
For more information go to http://www.devonnewscentre.info/ or http://www.devonschoolclosures.info/ or http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/
The Met Office has issued an Amber Warning of Rain from 2pm on Thursday. A spell of very wet and very windy weather is expected to move west to east across many parts of the UK. Coming so soon after the heavy rain which fell today, this is likely to provoke further issues with flooding. Additionally, winds will gust to 50 to 60 mph in many places.  In view of the wind and rain combination, the public should be prepared for more disruption.

12:05pm

11:43am

UPDATE FROM DEVON & SOMERSET FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE:

SINCE the rainfall began early this morning Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have attended 51 incidents due to flooding with 38 incidents still on-going. In total we have received 311 calls for assistance since the first flooding incident which took place at 02:12. As well as 18 rescues from vehicles caught in floodwater, one involving two people who were attempting to rescue cattle.  
At the moment 12 live rescues from vehicles caught in flood water are taking place, we are also assisting the ambulance service with a person who is a diabetic and is caught in flood water.   In total at this moment in time there are 110 live incidents happening throughout Devon and Somerset.

There are 42 pumping appliances are at present committed, with one appliance from Avon Fire & Rescue Service and three appliances from Dorset Fire & Rescue Service in assistance. Two Specialist Rescue teams are also committed to incidents.

People should bear in mind the following safety tips: 

•do not attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded. Vehicles can float away in just two feet of water  
•if your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately if safe to do so and seek higher ground.  
•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    

11:18am

DEVON County Council is warning people to drive with caution on the county’s roads following torrential rain this morning (Wed 21 Nov).
Heavy rain has hampered travel on roads right across Devon with several routes being closed or made impassable by conditions.
Before 8am this morning, the A3052 was closed at Bowd Inn near Sidmouth and diversions were set up, Woolbrook Road in Sidmouth was impassable, the A3072 was closed at Bickleigh Bridge and from North Tawton to Bow, and the A377 was closed at Cowley Hill. The B3181 at Hayhouse, Broadclyst, was impassable, as was Langford Bridge  at Honiton, and the Totnes to Avonwick road. There were also two large landslips on the B3192 near Teignmouth Golf Club.
The following roads remain closed;

Five Lanes, Compton Marldon

New Road, Bittern Park Road, Combe Vale Road, A379 Reed Vale in Teignmouth

B3121 Ermington

Vaughan Road near to the Labour Club in Exeter

A number of other roads were also affected by flooding and surface water but are open to traffic including:
B3179 - Clyst St George cars stuck leading to queuing traffic on the A376

A382 Whiddon Down
Chudleigh Knighton - Kingsteignton
A375 Cotford and Weycroft Bridge
A385 Shinners Bridge to Marley Head - both directions
A361 Gornhay Cross, Tiverton both carriageways
Halsdon Road and St. Johns Road Exmouth
Clyst Road, Topsham

Harrington Lane, Exeter

The road past Darts Farm, Clyst St. George

Warren Road, Dawlish
A380 Olchard Lane Ideford
B3193 Finlake
A3072 No Man's Land, Shobrooke.

Brickyard Lane and Staplake Road, Starcross

Lincombe Cross to Bradridge Cross, Dipford

The road from Whiddon Cross, Abbotskerswell

The road past Tower Court, Dunchideock

The road from West Lodge to Stag Cross, Willand
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “I would urge people to drive with extreme caution if they are travelling in Devon today. We have again been hit by torrential rain which has caused major disruption in parts of the county so I would ask everyone to bear with us. Our highways teams are working flat out to re-open roads but it may take some time to get the county moving again. It would appear that the worst of the severe weather has now passed, but a number of roads may take a while to re-open.”
As well as roads being closed, a number of schools have also been closed, either due to flooding on access roads or staff not being able to reach the school.
Among those confirmed as closed are Membury Community School, Clyst Hydon Primary School, Sidbury Primary, Tipton St John Church Of England Primary School, Otterton Church Of England Primary School, Bassetts Farm Primary School at Exmouth, Broadhembury Church of England Primary, Stokeinteignhead School and Seaton Primary School. Sidmouth Primary School was closed this morning but will be open this afternoon
Flood warnings are in place on the Rivers Exe, Axe, Otter, Culm, Coly, Teign and Yarty.
For more information go to www.devonnewscentre.info/ or www.devonschoolclosures.info/ or www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

11:06am

DEVON school closures update.

The following schools are closed today, Wednesday, November 21, due to flooding.

Rockbeare Church Of England Primary School, Rockbeare, Exeter.

10:03am

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9:57am

PINHOE Road between Pinhoe and Exeter closed both ways due to flooding at junction with Beacon Lane (Polsloe Bridge).

 

9:54am

A396 Exeter Road at Tiverton closed both ways closed between A3072 (Bickleigh) and Narrow Lane (Tiverton).

 

9:52am

DEVON school closures update.

The following schools are closed today, Wednesday, November 21, due to flooding.

Seaton Primary School Valley View, Seaton.

Stokeinteignhead School School Road, Stokeinteignhead, Newton Abbot.

Membury Community School Membury, Axminster.

Clyst Hydon Primary School Clyst Hydon, Cullompton.

Sidbury Primary School. 

 

 

9:52am

DEVON school closures update.

The following schools are closed today, Wednesday, November 21, due to flooding.

Seaton Primary School Valley View, Seaton.

Stokeinteignhead School School Road, Stokeinteignhead, Newton Abbot.

Membury Community School Membury, Axminster.

Clyst Hydon Primary School Clyst Hydon, Cullompton.

Sidbury Primary School. 

 

 

9:27am

DEVON school closures update.

The following schools are closed today, Wednesday, November 21, due to flooding.

Tipton St John Church Of England Primary School Tipton St John, Sidmouth.

Otterton Church Of England Primary School Otterton, Budleigh Salterton.

Bassetts Farm Primary School St John's Road, Exmouth.

Broadhembury Church Of England Primary School, Broadhembury, Honiton.

 

9:00am

BROADHEMBURY Church Of England Primary School in Honiton is closed today, Wednesday, November 21, due to flooding on access roads.

8:48am

AN overturned car on the M5 near Wellington is adding to the travel chaos in the South-West this morning.
Two lanes of the motorway are closed northbound at junction 26 following the incident. It is not known if the crash is weather-related.
 

8:43am

Flood warnings issued for riverside properties and roads in Culmstock and Uffculme, including Culmstock Bridge, The Strand and the B3391 at Culmstock, and Bridge Street and Denners Way in Uffculme.
Levels in the River Culm are high following recent rainfall. Further rain is forecast for Wednesday morning. River levels are expected to remain high throughout the day.

 

8:41am

Devon and Somerset FRS are experiencing calls to flooding across the Service area.

Fire Control are currently managing 30 incidents including the following locations:

Starcross,Shaldon,Stokeinteignhead,Dawlish, Modbury, Plymstock,Teignmouth

Ilminster,Wellington,Exton,Highbridge,Exton,Yealmpton,Bilbrook,Newton Ferrers

Bow,Martock,Lewdown,Diptford,Williton,Yelverton,Plymouth.

The Fire Service advise the public not to drive through floodwater and to seek an alternative route and consider whether the journey is necessary.

8:28am

Met Office latest weather for Wednesday, November 21 - Thursday, November 22.

Today:
Heavy rain first thing across eastern parts of the region. This should clear by lunchtime, with brighter conditions spreading from the west. Just the chance of one or two showers, but becoming dry for most. Maximum temperature 12 °C.
 

Tonight:
 

Quickly clouding over this evening, with winds strengthening overnight. A few showery outbreaks of rain possible through the early hours. Minimum temperature 7 °C.
 

Thursday:
 

Very windy with severe gales in exposure. Outbreaks of rain, heaviest and most frequent in the west, where there could be some torrential downpours, especially later in the day. Maximum temperature 13 °C.
 

8:26am

8:25am

A3066 Beaminster Tunnel closed both ways due to emergency repairs and landslip between B3163 Clay Lane (Beaminster) and B3164 (Mosterton / Broadwindsor).

 

8:24am

South Street in Torquay closed due to serious accident at East Street.

Outside the Police Station, the road may stay closed throughout the morning rush

8:19am

The Environment Agency currently has five flood warnings in the south west, for areas on the rivers Parrett, Axe, Dart and Char.

A spokesman said: "We are looking at 15 to 30mm (0.6 to 1.2 inches) quite widely across that area and up to 40mm (1.6 inches) in the worst-hit areas."

8:16am

7:15am

DELAYS of up to an hour are being reported at Tiverton railway station, affecting commutes. Passengers are advised to check their train times.

7:13am

FLOOD warnings are in place across much of the county today after heavy overnight rain fell onto already sodden ground leaving roads and properties under water.

The fire service has attended dozens of call-outs overnight to cities, towns and villages across the county including Plymstock, Teignmouth, Exton, Plymouth, Starcross, Shaldon, Stokeinteighnhead, Dawlish, Modbury, Yealampton, Bilbrook, Newton Ferrers, Bow, Martock, Lewdown, Diptford and Yelverton.

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