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Flood alert issued for North Devon

PUBLISHED: 10:39 21 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:19 21 January 2018

Westacott Road has flooded after the stream at the bottom of Whiddon Valley in Barnstaple burst its banks.

Westacott Road has flooded after the stream at the bottom of Whiddon Valley in Barnstaple burst its banks.

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A flood alert has been issued for North Devon due to heavy rainfall overnight.

Westacott Road in Barnstaple has now flooded. Westacott Road in Barnstaple has now flooded.

The Environment Agency is warning of possible flooding in Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin from late morning through to this evening (Sunday).

Prolonged heavy rainfall overnight and throughout the day has caused river levels to rise and they remain high across North Devon.

Muddiford Road in Muddiford has been closed due to a landslide and flooding and Broomhill, near Barnstaple, has flooded, and the stream at the bottom of Whiddon Valley, in Barnstaple, has burst its banks and is running across Westacott Road.

A number of roads and low-lying land are expected to be affected by flooding, which could get worse throughout the day.

Photos of flooding at Broomhill, near Barnstaple, taken by Andy Casey Photograhy. Photos of flooding at Broomhill, near Barnstaple, taken by Andy Casey Photograhy.

The Environment Agency is warning people to take care while driving and to monitor local weather conditions.

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