Spring tides and storms put region on stand-by

09:44 17 October 2012

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

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

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North Devon coastal locations on flood alert.

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

PEOPLE living in coastal properties in North Devon have been warned of possible flooding from high tides and stormy weather.

The Met Office issued a yellow alert for the region yesterday evening (Tuesday) and the Environment Agency has a number of flood warnings in place, including for the River Torridge to Weare Giffard, and for Lynmouth, Combe Martin and Westward Ho!

This morning’s high tide flooded part of the Clarence Wharf car park in East-the-Water, Bideford.

At 8am, half-an-hour after the forecast 6.5metre high tide, the Torridge was still lapping at both banks of the town. A similar sized tide is expected at around 8pm today.

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

The Environment Agency said strong westerly winds, combined with some of the highest tides of the year, could lead to high sea levels and spray coming over sea walls.

Low-lying coastal roads, farmland and isolated houses could be vulnerable to flooding, but the agency has also warned of the possibility of more significant problems.

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