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North Devon warned to prepare for more flooding

PUBLISHED: 17:51 23 January 2018

The flooding in Swimbridge on Sunday. Picture: Annie Urry-Clark.

The flooding in Swimbridge on Sunday. Picture: Annie Urry-Clark.

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North Devon Council has advised residents to be prepared as more heavy rain is forecast tomorrow (Wednesday) morning

Combe Martin flooding on Sunday morning. Picture: Simon Stuart Combe Martin flooding on Sunday morning. Picture: Simon Stuart

North Devon has been advised to prepare itself for possible flooding with the prospect of more heavy rain forecast overnight.

Residents have been warned by North Devon to expect possible surface water on roads and low lying flooding in some areas, with rain forecast for the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Surface water is likely to be the worst problem so people living in areas where surface water collects and drivers out early on the roads are being asked to take extra care and precautions.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin.

Volunteers helping to clean up the flooding in Combe Martin on Sunday morning. Picture: Simon Stuart Volunteers helping to clean up the flooding in Combe Martin on Sunday morning. Picture: Simon Stuart

Flooding is possible on the Rivers Caen, Bradiford Water and River Yeo and coastal streams from Braunton to Combe Martin.

A band of intense rainfall is expected to reach North Devon from around 6am, lasting for approximately one hour.

This is then followed by a less intense front of rain lasting through until midday.

This rainfall will cause river levels to rise in North Devon and areas previously affected may experience further flooding.

At present, the expected river levels suggest that there may be flooding to low-lying land and roads.

Some minor showers are currently forecast throughout Wednesday and Thursday.

Residents are advised to take care and monitor local weather conditions.

For the latest information from North Devon Council on flooding, visit the council’s website and the council’s severe weather and flooding Facebook page.

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