Photos: Weekend flooding in North Devon with sub zero temperatures predicted this week

11:17 26 November 2012

Flooding at Bishops Tawton on Sunday.

Flooding at Bishops Tawton on Sunday.

Archant

Highways teams work to clear the effects of flooding before icy weather hits later in the week.

HEAVY rainfall over the weekend has caused flooding in many parts of North Devon with a yellow weather warning still in force today (Monday).

But despite the rain set to ease off, a sub zero temperature drop predicted later in the week is causing new concerns.

Highways teams have been out scouting the road networks today and clearing up after the flooding this weekend.

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

Devon County Council has reported the road from Heasley Mill to Great Heasley near North Molton is closed due to road surface deterioration.

In Torrington the A386 is passable with care.

Chris Cranston, Devon County Council’s Highway Operations Control Centre Manager, said: “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.

“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.”

Flooding was reported over the weekend in Umberleigh and Weare Giffard, and there’s surface water on many roads in the area.

A flood warning is still in place for the lower River Torridge from Dolton to Bideford including New Bridge, Beaford Bridge, Taddiport, Rolle Bridge, Weare Giffard, Annery Kiln, and the A386, A3124 and B3227 at Great Torrington and Taddiport.

Lower level flood alerts are also covering the lower River Taw from Newnham Bridge to Barnstaple; the Rivers Caen, Bradiford Water and Yeo and coastal streams from Braunton to Combe Martin and the upper Torridge area including Black Torrington, Milton Damerel and Hatherleigh areas, and coastal streams in the Hartland and Clovelly areas.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue report the service received calls to 550 incidents during 24 hours on Saturday, and attended 51 incidents involving vehicles stuck in floodwater.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Heavy showers are expected to affect the area during Monday. Given the saturated nature of ground, the public should be aware of the possibility of further flooding and disruption to travel.”

Got a photo to add to the gallery or a flood to report? Tweet us @northdevon24, email sarah.howells@archant.co.uk with your photos or call us on 01271 345056.

2 comments

  • On the plus side there could be some great open air skating over the next week provided of course you skate in the fields :-)

    Report this comment

    Pat

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Bad times... I am in Somerset.... we haven't seen flooding like this in years, we have our flood barriers and Hydrosacks that are so user friendly and easy to use at the ready, so I am confident are house will be protected......bring it on! :)

    Report this comment

    Paul Drinkwater

    Monday, November 26, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 07:24
The coastguard pole today.

National Trust launches appeal to restore a unique part of North Devon’s coastal heritage.

Read more
Fri, 14:34
On the campaign trail in North Devon.

Catch up with the latest General Election goings on and ministerial visits in pictures

Read more
Fri, 14:26
Home secretary Theresa May with Conservative candidate for North Devon Peter Heaton-Jones

The Government minister answered questions covering everything from North Devon’s tourism industry to her favourite flavour of crisps

Read more
Fri, 14:16

Councillors have approved contentious plans for 105 houses in Pilton.

Read more
Fri, 12:51
Princess Anne visits the Lynton Cliff Railway on Friday morning. Picture: @LLCliffRailway

Princess visit kicks off 125th anniversary celebrations in style.

Read more
Fri, 09:24
Labour Party leader Ed Miiband and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron has warned of more borrowing and taxes if Ed Miliband does a deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) to become Prime Minister.

Read more
Fri, 08:46
beer

Beer festival will see music, barbecue and beer follow rugby matchers in Barnstaple on Saturday.

Read more
Fri, 08:43
James Pugsley with his late brother, Tom

The 21-year-old will be running the London Marathon to raise funds for the RNLI in memory of his late brother Tom Pugsley.

Read more
Fri, 07:00
Lyndsay Platt, with The Glorious Oyster horsebox on Westward Ho! Picture: Sarah Howells

As part of our campaign to promote North Devon’s fish and seafood, we spoke to The Glorious Oyster in Westward Ho!

Read more
Thu, 17:17
Catch Ed Byrne in Barnstaple this autumn. Picture: Roslyn Gaunt

Catch the famous funnyman on stage at The Queen’s Theatre this autumn...

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

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
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

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



North Devon's trusted business finder