Thursday, October 11, 2012
Muddy water pours down through Clovelly and commuters face severe surface water on roads as heavy rainfall hits the area.
Reports have come in of reports of flooding in the following areas:
- the A386 between Bideford and Torrington
- Milton Damerel
- the A3078 between Holsworthy and Bude
- The A386 between Launceston and Bideford
SEVERE weather has caused flooding across North Devon this afternoon (Thurs).
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning across the whole of Devon until 8pm tonight (Thurs) and a further warning tomorrow from 6am until midnight.
Another yellow warning has also been issued all day Sunday due to heavy showers.
Many roads are experiencing surface water and motorists are advised to take care when travelling.
In Clovelly, a river has burst its banks with muddy water cascading down the village’s steep cobbled streets.
Sue Haworth, of Clovelly Estate, said: “It was a terrible shock for Clovelly residents at lunch time today when the bank by Victoria Fountain towards the top of the high street suddenly broke.
“A torrent of red muddy water rushed down the cobbled steps of the street and into the sea, flooding some of the cottages along the way.
“Some residents could not leave their homes and others could not get back to them.
“Sandbags have been placed everywhere, the drains unblocked and the village residents have been rallying around showing a true community spirit.
“Some of the cobbles have been swept away and shrubs uprooted, but thank goodness no one has been injured.”
So far, reports have come in of three cottages affected by the flooding.
In Croyde, heavy rainfall has led to surface water on Hobbs Hill in the centre of the village.
Twitter user @JessHeylandx said: “Is it ever going to stop raining....croyde is already flooding!!”
In a photo sent in by Amy Berry of Surfing Croyde Bay, the water appeared to be running down the street and pooling at the cross roads.
The water is reported to have cleared by this evening.
Stagecoach buses are affected due to the flooding between Bideford and Torrington.
A spokesman for Stagecoach said: “Due to severe flooding in the Bideford and Torrington areas we are experiencing disruption to the following North Devon bus services: 70, 71, 72 and 80.
“We are working hard to get our vehicles through, albeit with delays, and both the fire brigade and police are aiding us in trying to keep the roads open and traffic flowing.
“We apologise to customers for the disruption to our services.”
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning with floods expected at riverside locations and roads between Bradworthy and Bradford.
A spokesman for the EA said: “River levels are rising in response the recent rainfall.
“Flooding of property close to the river is expected.
“The main band of rain has cleared the area but river levels are still rising.
“Further showers are expected during Thursday and overnight into Friday with totals of 10 mm possible.”
Twitter user @thriftybits said: “After so much rain in #bradworthy #devon I think my chickens are evolving into ducks! #wishIwasinSicilyrightnow”
A further flood warning has also been issued for the Upper Torridge area from Bradford to Dolton including Dippermill, Black Torrington, Sheepwash and the A386 at Hele Bridge near Hatherleigh.
Low level flood alerts are still in place for Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin areas, the upper and lower Torridge areas and the lower Taw areas.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue have been called to a number of incidents across the region today.
A spokesman said: “Two motorists have been rescued after becoming stranded while driving through floodwater and motorists are reminded not to attempt to drive through any floodwater.
“During times of flood events affecting widescale areas, the demand on Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service resources is raised significantly.
“The Service is well placed to respond to widescale flooding with the availability of powered rescue boats, specialist swift water rescue teams, specialist equipment and all personnel are trained in basic water rescue techniques.”
The service has issued the following advice:
• Check the websites of the Environment Agency, DirectGov and local news for updates on flood risks and weather warnings.
• If you live in a flood prone area pre-plan and take positive steps to mitigate the potential effects.
• Prepare an emergency kit including emergency numbers, insurance policy, first aid kit, torch and water.
• Keep important personal documents safe – placed in a sealed waterproof bag.
• Pack essential items you will need if evacuated – medication, clothing, toiletries and items for children.
• Turn off mains power and water to your property, and take mobile phones and chargers with you if evacuated.
• Do not walk through floodwater – as little as six inches of fast flowing water can knock you off your feet.
• Do not swim in floodwater – the depth and speed of floodwater can change very quickly and there are many hidden dangers.
• Do not drive through floodwater – as little as two feet of fast flowing water can float a car – think how deep is the water, do you need to drive through, do you have another route. A high proportion of all flood rescues are for stranded motorists in floodwater – your car insurance policy may not cover you for flood damage to vehicles as a result of driving through floodwater – repairs can be very expensive.
• Avoid walking near fast flowing water courses, along riverbanks or crossing pedestrian river bridges.
• Do not walk on sea defences during coastal flooding events.
• Avoid contact with floodwater – it may be contaminated.
• Do not allow children to play in or near floodwater.
• Check on any vulnerable neighbours and see if they need any support.
• Please observe all flood warning signs – they are there to protect you.
Check back for more updates as we have them.
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