Coastal areas at risk of high tide flooding

16:47 17 October 2012

On the turn: The River Torridge was till high in Bideford at 8am this morning (Wednesday), an hour-and-a-half after high tide.

On the turn: The River Torridge was till high in Bideford at 8am this morning (Wednesday), an hour-and-a-half after high tide.

Archant

Low lying coastal areas warned to be prepared for flooding as high tides peak.

RESIDENTS in coastal areas are at risk of possible flooding as high tides peak between 8pm and 9pm tonight (Wed).

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for most of the region’s coastlines.

The warnings cover low lying or exposed coastal communities in North Devon including Clovelly, Westward Ho!, Watermouth Cove, Combe Martin and Lynmouth.

Another warning has also been issued for low lying areas on the River Torridge including Weare Giffard, Bideford East-the-Water, Wooder Wharf and Northam.

Particularly dangerous times will be at high water which is between 8pm and 9pm tonight and between 7am and 9am tomorrow morning.

It is anticipated that gate closures will remain in force throughout.

Winds are predicted to reach around 40 to 50mph or force six to seven in a south westerly direction.

Wave heights are also forecast to be three to four metres on the North Devon coast and one-to-two metres on the south coast.

People are being urged to keep away from harbours and sea defence walls and to not leave vehicles in areas prone to risk.

This morning the River Torridge flooded part of Clarence Wharf car park in East-the-Water, Bideford.

The Environment Agency is urging people to remain vigilant and alert for possible tidal flooding.

Staff have worked through the night monitoring high tide levels, closing sea defences, checking pumping stations and making sure that professional partners are aware of the situation and will continue to do so throughout the rest of the week.

Spokesperson David Bunt said: “With the high spring tides and anticipated wind surges our teams are working hard to ensure we are prepared and are working with our professional partners to make sure the public are aware of the risk.

“We are receiving regular weather updates from the Met Office, continuously monitoring both tidal conditions and river levels and have had officers out overnight checking flood defences and closing flood gates.

“People should be aware that there could be a lot of water in coastal areas, so avoid trying to drive or walk through any flood water and be sensible when out and about, particularly around the coast.

“Now is a good time for anyone who lives in an area vulnerable to flooding to think about the precautions they can take to protect their properties.”

The Environment Agency provides a 24-hour flood warning service. Telephone 0845 988 1188 to register.

Spotted any flooding? Call the newsdesk on 01271 345056 or email your photos to sarah.howells@archant.co.uk

Related articles

0 comments

Other News Stories

Burton Art Gallery

Councillors agreed in principle to co-locate Bideford Library with the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Victoria Park.

Read more
09:11
The wasp spider settles in to her new home. Picture: Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Staff provide a home for stowaway arachnid after it journeys more than 6,000 miles...

Read more
09:15
Action from the Rockwood Dog Display Team

The North Devon Show promises a busy year with a bumper offering of livestock, shows, food and drink.

Read more

Fire fighters called out to Pill Gardens in Braunton yesterday (Tuesday) night.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:49
Book Relief charity chairman John Carvosso with Brenda Evetts. Picture: Sarah Howells

Appledore man leaves lasting legacy with charity helping promote literacy.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:44
Andy Skarzynski

North Devon man survived on 50p a day to raise £250 for the charity Send A Cow.

Read more
Mon, 19:45
Somersault Festival 2015.

Around 17,000 people flocked to Castle Hill Estate this weekend to party through the rain and sunshine at Somersault Festival.

Read more
Mon, 11:55

Police appeal after break in at Barnstaple home on Friday evening.

Read more
Mon, 10:20
Bideford Water Festival 2015. Pictures: Graham Hobbs

Bungee jumpers lept from 175ft platform above the River Torridge as part of Bideford Water Festival yesterday (Sunday).

Read more
Mon, 09:35
The North Devon Link Road.

Caravan towing could be ‘difficult’ for towing vehicles and outdoor activities disrupted due to strong winds today (Monday).

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder