High water expected in Taw Valley and lower level warnings also issued for Barnstaple and Bideford.

THE Environment Agency (EA) has issued a flood warning for parts of the Taw Valley following a series of heavy downpours earlier today (Wednesday).

Flooding is expected in riverside locations along the A377 this evening and EA officials have advised residents to take “immediate action” as the Taw threatens to burst its banks.

An update at 6.44pm said surface water may already be affecting low lying land and roads.

A lower level flood alert, advising people to be prepared for possible flooding, has also been issued for the Lower River Taw and its tributaries from Newnham Bridge to Barnstaple, including Umberleigh, Chittlehampton, Swimbridge and Bishop’s Tawton areas.

A similar alert has been issued for the Lower Torridge area, including Dolton, Torrington, Bideford and Westward Ho!

The latest update for both areas warns of possible flooding overnight.

Around 20mm of rain was expected to fall across the South West today. The worst of the showers are clearing Devon now although the EA warned there is still a risk of further rain.