Met Office weather warnings forecast a wet Christmas

Heavy rain forecast in the run up to Christmas come with warnings of floods.

DREAMS of a white Christmas have been dashed this year as the Met Office issued a flurry of wet weather warnings for the weekend.

Saturday, Sunday and Christmas Eve see North Devon covered by an amber weather warning with forecasts of bands of heavy rain.

Steve Willington, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “Further active frontal systems will move across the UK over the next few days and we could see rainfall mounting up to more than 100 mm in parts of South West England.

“The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings which means that the public should plan ahead to take account of possible travel delays or disruption, especially as they make their way to friends and family for the Christmas period.

“By thinking ahead the public can be more weather aware and better prepared for severe weather.”

A flood warning is currently in place for the lower Torridge area covering roadside locations between Dolton and Bideford.

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Lower level flood warnings are also in place for:

• the lower Taw area from Newnham Bridge to Barnstaple

• the rivers Caen, Bradiford Water and Yeo,

• coastal streams from Braunton to Combe Martin

• the upper Torridge area from Waldon to Lew

• the lower Torridge area Dolton, Great Torrington, Bideford and Westward Ho!

John Curtin, head of incident management at the Environment Agency, said: “Our teams are out around the clock to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding, clearing drainage channels and ensuring that flood defences are working properly.

“We would urge people in at risk areas to keep up to date with the latest situation by checking the Environment Agency website and remain prepared for flooding in their area by signing up to receive free flood warnings.

“With a very busy travel weekend coming up, we would also ask that people check their route before travelling, and remember not to drive or walk through flood water.”

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