North Devon on flood alert has heavy rain pelts region
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The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, while the Environment Agency has put in place flood warnings and alerts for North Devon.
Flood alerts have been issued as heavy rain hit North Devon last night (Sunday) – and is set to continue through until tomorrow (Tuesday).
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain until midday tomorrow, with ‘prolonged showers’ of up to 10mm of rain at a time expected.
The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for many regions around North Devon.
Earlier today a higher-level flood warning was issued for the River Taw between Taw Bridge and Newnham Bridge, but this has been downgraded to a lower-level flood alert now.
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Flood alerts have also been issued for: Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin; the lower River Taw; Exmoor rivers; Upper Torridge; and Lower Torridge.
A chief forecaster for the Met Office said: “Strong, gusty winds will be an additional hazard in places with gusts of 50-60 mph possible around some exposed coasts in South West England where large waves are also likely.
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“An area of low pressure will drift very slowly eastwards across England and Wales over the next two days bringing with it deeply unstable air and bands of heavy showers.
“However, some drier spells are likely between the clusters of showers.
“Given the recent very wet weather the ground is saturated hence there is a greater risk of surface water flooding than would normally be expected.”
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is asking residents to heed warnings not to enter floodwater, as it could put themselves and others at risk.
Crews have been called to several incidents across the force area with vehicles stuck in floodwater over the last couple of weeks.
Station manager Matt Johnson said: “It is impossible to tell how deep water is or the condition of the ground beneath.
“You or your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded. Vehicles can float away in just two feet of water.
“If you do see floodwater on the road, do not attempt to travel through it; instead try to find an alternative route.
“If a road has been closed, it is for the safety of the public and closure signs should be respected.”
Further advice is not to walk or cycle through flooded areas.
Even shallow water moving fast can sweep you off your feet and there may be hidden dangers such as open drains, damaged road surfaces, submerged debris or deep channels; these can cause serious injuries or even death.
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