December 5 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The latest weather news including road closures, flood alerts, travel updates and more.
Environment Agency floodline: 0845 988 1188
North Devon Council’s standby service: 01271 388240
NHS non-emergency number: 111
Police non-emergency number: 101
North Devon was battered with high winds and heavy rain last night (Sun) and commuters this morning faced a number of disruptions.
Flood warnings and alerts remained in place this morning, but an amber warning for wind was cancelled as gusts subsided.
There has been a mixture of sunshine, heavy showers and breezy moments, but the storm is said to have passed Devon and Cornwall now.
However, some areas are still experiencing flooding - check the lastest updates below for more info. You can also see reaction on social media on our live feed here.
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4.15pm - Two people rescued from floodwater
TWO people were rescued for their car at Sheepwash Bridge today (Mon) after becoming trapped in floodwater.
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Fire crews from Holsworthy, Torrington and the special rescue team from Barnstaple attended the scene at 1pm.
On arrival, they donned water safety gear to help release the occupants from the vehicle and wade them to safety.
3.20pm update - new photographs of the aftermath
Local photographer Guy Harrop has been out on the trail of the storm - check out his photographs of the flooding here.
2.45pm: Barnstaple - Exeter trains update
Trains to and from Barnstaple are now running as scheduled.
2.35pm: Road updates from Devon County Council
• The River Bray has burst its banks causing flooding on the B3227 and the B3226 between South Molton and Umberleigh. These roads are currently closed.
• The Brayford bridge in Brayford is closed due to flooding
• The A386 from Merton to Meeth road has lifted due to floodwater. There are currently temporary traffic lights on the scene.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for highway maintenance and flood prevention, said: “Highways teams have been out all through the night responding to incidents as they’ve occurred.
“Our priority now that the wind and rain have moved on is to deal with the disruption to the priority road network, to get that clear as quickly as possible.
“We’re asking drivers to remain cautious, especially as it starts to get dark later this afternoon, because there may be incidents not yet reported to us, and therefore may still be potentially hazardous.
“Don’t drive too fast, and avoid driving through flood water.
“There may be potholes underneath surface water which present a hidden danger so drivers need to be aware of those and also of increased breaking distances.”
12.55pm: Road update at South Molton
It has been reported the B3227 is closed due to flooding between South Molton & Umberleigh. The flooding is reported to be in both directions between the Folly Lane junction and the A361 junction.
12.30pm: Road update for Black Torrington and Sheepwash
The road between Black Torrington and Sheepwash had flooded. Signs have been put out by highways and police have warned drivers not to drive through the floodwater.
A diversion has been put in place and motorists are being asked to follow the directions given by highways.
10.55am: Updates on the roads
There have been many reports of localised flooding and debris on roads. Motorists are advised to take care when travelling and allow plenty of time.
• Hazardous driving conditions reported on the A386 in both directions between Great Torrington and Bideford, due to mud and debris on the road, and flooding.
• The A386 at Landcross between Torrington and Bideford was blocked by a fallen tree earlier this morning but is now clear
• The B3232 between Alverdiscott to Torrington was blocked by flooding earlier this morning.
• Flooding on the A386 near Rosemoor at Torrington
• A3072 between Holsworthy and Highhampton blocked due to a fallen tree - this has now been cleared but the road has been left damaged from the flooding. Temporary traffic lights are understood to be in place in the area.
10.45am: Met Office removes warning
The Met Office has cancelled an amber weather warning for wind across North Devon.
The warning was in place until midday today (Mon).
10.10am: Updates to train services from Barnstaple
First Great Western has confirmed services between Eggesford and Barnstaple are affected due to flooding.
Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled at short notice.
A spokesman for First Great Western said: “An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed.
“Limited road transport between Barnstaple & Exeter St Davids direct.
“Customers are advised that due to poor weather conditions no road transport can be used at the stations between Barnstaple & Exeter St Davids.”
10.05am: Update from the Met Office
A spokesman for the Met Office confirmed the worst of the weather has now passed Devon and Cornwall. A bright and breezy day with some chance of rain showers is expected for the rest of the day.
Maximum overnight wind speeds at Chivernor were recorded at 44 knots (50 miles per hour.)
Rainfall recorded in North Devon from 6pm yesterday (Sun) until 9am today was 32.2mm.
Fire service updates
The fire service has attended a number of weather related incidents over the last 24 hours:
Incidents today (Mon)
• 5.32am – a man was rescued from a car in flood water near the Little America layby in Bideford
Incidents yesterday (Sun)
• 9.35am - dismantled and made safe a small wind turbine in Hostle Park Gardens, Ilfracombe
• 11.37pm – called out to fallen plasterboard in porch in Meddon Street, Bideford.
Police receive hundreds of calls
Devon and Cornwall police received almost 250 calls in the last 24 hours related to weather across the region.
While fallen trees and road debris have been reported, there have been no weather-related casualties in any incident.
Assistant chief constable Sharon Taylor has led on operations throughout the weekend.
She said: “It’s vital we are ready and prepared for incidents like this and our plans have been well tested this weekend and continue to be.
“We have received a large number of weather related calls, but with the efforts of police staff, officers and with the support of partners across the board, the response provided has been excellent.
“It is particularly heartening to see specials as volunteers turning out in such numbers at very short notice.
“Our focus is now on ensuring Devon and Cornwall remains safe as the region wakes and begins to clear up.”
Motorists are advised to be aware of potential trees and debris in the road, to slow their speed and increase breaking distance.
Flood warnings are currently in place for the following areas where flooding is expected and immediate action in required:
• Lower River Torridge from Dolton to Bideford including Taddiport and Weare Giffard.
• Upper River Torridge from Bradford to Dolton
• River Bray from Leehamford to Meethe including Brayford and Clapworthy
• River Taw from Taw Bridge to Newnham Bridge
Lower level flood alerts are in place for the following areas, where flooding is possible and people should be prepared:
• Lower Torridge area including Dolton, Great Torrington, Bideford and Westward Ho!
• Lower Taw area including Umberleigh, Chittlehampton, Swimbridge and Bishops Tawton
• Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin
• Upper Torridge area including Black Torrington, Milton Damerel and Hatherleigh, and coastal streams in the Hartland and Clovelly area
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