Flood alert for North Devon

Heavy rain and strong winds could bring disruption in the next few hours, authorities warn.

HIGHWAYS teams are standing by to tackle flooding on the region’s roads with heavy rain forecast in the coming hours.

Through the rest of today (Thursday) and overnight into Friday a band of heavy rain and gale force winds gusting up to 60mph are expected to move north eastwards across Devon, with a risk of localised flooding, particularly in areas where ground is already saturated.

“We may experience conditions over the next few days which will be similar to last week’s storms that brought down a number of trees,” said Councillor Stuart Hughes, cabinet member for highways.

“However, the greater concern is the risk of flooding and surface water with the amount of rainfall that’s forecast.

“Our highways teams are still clearing up from last week, but they are gearing up again to deal with any further incidents that are reported to us.

“We would ask people to drive carefully and be alert to the potential for surface water and flooding, particularly on minor roads where problems may not be brought to our attention straight away.”

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The Environment Agency has said there is a possibility of surface water flooding affecting vulnerable locations and high winds could potentially cause big waves on the coast.

It currently has no flood alerts or warnings in place but urged operators of caravan and camping sites across the region to be ready to take action should flooding occur.

Although the rain is expected to clear by the early hours, scattered showers are due to return tomorrow morning.

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