Photos: Weather warning as heavy rain falls across North Devon

An instructor from Surfing Croyde Bay unblocking the drains in Hobbs Hill, Croyde this morning to av

An instructor from Surfing Croyde Bay unblocking the drains in Hobbs Hill, Croyde this morning to avoid flooding in the road. Pic: Surfing Croyde Bay. - Credit: Archant

Updated: The latest photos and information on road closures and transport as heavy downpours fall across North Devon today (Mon).

The flooding at Ilfracombe's Lidl store in Wilder Road. Pic: Becky Roberts.

The flooding at Ilfracombe's Lidl store in Wilder Road. Pic: Becky Roberts. - Credit: Archant

NORTH DEVON has been hit by flash flooding today (Mon) as heavy downpours continue across the regio,

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning yesterday which has extended to run until 9pm this evening.

The torrents of rain have caused several areas to be flooded, with the Lidl store and houses in Wilder Road, Ilfracombe, worst hit.

Four fire engines were called to the scene just before 12pm to help flooded residents in Wilder Road and Church Road.


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At 3.20pm, a fire spokesman said when not attending incidents, two fire engines from Ilfracombe, one from Woolacombe and one from Combe Martin would remain on standby.

A fire engine from Woolacombe was also called to the Woolacombe Bay Hotel at around 11.30am this morning to reports of flood water entering the boiler room.

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Another crew from Ilfracombe had to attend as water was entering the boiler room and main hotel, and crews used pumps to clear the floodwater.

Trains delayed

Trains between the Barnstaple to Exeter line were suspended this afternoon due to the flooding blocking the lines.

First Great Western confirmed the Tarka Line trains were running again but with delays of up to 30 minutes.

The A399 is closed due to flooding between the Mill Lane junction and the B3230 new Barnstaple Road junction.

Devon and Cornwall Police have warned people not to travel for the time being, and tweeted: “Many roads #NDevon including Ilfracombe and Barnstaple flooded ... advising not to travel for the time being.* #floodware.”

Sewage spill

The Gazette has received reports that raw sewage is spilling from a manhole cover by the Surf Bay Holiday Park in Westward Ho!

An engineer from South West Water’s contractor Metro Rod is currently en route to investigate reports of the sewage spilling onto Northam Burrows.

A spokesman said the engineer should arrive at the manhole cover by about 3.45pm.

Sandbags issued

In Braunton, South Street is also reported to be under heavy surface water but volunteer flood warden Ben Byrom said the River Caen was looking okay.

Mr Byrom, who owns West Cross Garage in Braunton, said: “The river will get higher over the next day because we’ll get all the water coming down through the valley from Mullacott.

“South Street was closed earlier because there about one foot of water on the corner at the far end, but Caen Street is fine.

“I’ve contacted Devon County Council who are sending a highways team down to look at it, and I will have some sandbags delivered to West Cross Garage soon if anyone wants some.”

Amanda Palmer, community protection manager at North Devon District Council confirmed: “1,000 empty sandbags are being distributed to both Braunton and Ilfracombe.

“These offer opportunities for residents to prevent further damage to their homes.”

What you’re saying...

On Twitter and Facebook, people have been sharing the scenes of flooding with the world.

Twitter user @jd108511 said: “Ilfracombe high street looks like a scene from the film The Day After Tomorrow #Floods.”

Meanwhile, @chlocoomber tweeted: “People in Braunton are going to be swimming”.

Rockfallfilms also tweeted: “All of July’s rain seems to be falling today! How’s the river Caen looking? #braunton #ndevon”

On Facebook, Surfing Croyde Bay posted a photo of one of its surf instructors clearing the drains in the flooded road in Hobbs Hill.

The forecast

The downpours, which turned heavy yesterday evening, are expected to continue through much of the day across the region with a weather warning issued until 9pm.

A spokesman for the Met Office said rainfall of up to 60mm could be expected in parts of the South West.

He said: “A waving frontal zone will remain slow moving across the area before slowly clearing east on Monday, conditions improving over Wales, North West England and Scotland during the morning, though not till the afternoon further south.

“Rain could turn thundery at times with some intense downpours within the longer spells of rain.

“There is the chance that this warning may be upgraded to amber, especially for South West England.”

Keep checking back for more as we have it.

Is there flooding where you are? Send your photos and flood reports to sarah.howells@archant.co.uk or tweet us @northdevon24.

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