A number of properties have been evacated near Barnstaple due to widespread flooding.

Westacott Road has flooded after the stream at the bottom of Whiddon Valley in Barnstaple burst its banks.Westacott Road has flooded after the stream at the bottom of Whiddon Valley in Barnstaple burst its banks.

Devon and Cornwall Police are urging the public to stay safe and be vigilant following flooding and road closures in North Devon, particularly in the Ilfracombe and Barnstaple areas.

A number of properties have been evacuated at Kentisbury, Swimbridge and Landkey in Barnstaple while flooding is reported in some properties at Combe Martin.

The A399 at Combe Martin has been closed following a landslide this morning and both carriageways are blocked as a section of the road has collapsed.

The A361 is also closed near Landkey in Barnstaple and traffic is being diverted through Landkey.

There are a number of landslides reported at Muddiford.

Other roads badly affected include the B3230 at Muddiford, Berry Down Cross near Ilfracombe, the A39 between Blackmoor Gate and Lynton, Tanners Road in Landkey, Leigh Road in Combe Martin, Westaway Plain in Barnstaple and Goodleigh Road in Barnstaple.

A police spokesman said: “We are dealing with a number of reports of flooded roads and properties in North Devon.

“Emergency services, alongside highways teams, are busy dealing with incidents as they arise but the public should be aware of continuing disruption today with ongoing bad weather in the area.

“Conditions are expected to worsen in early to mid-afternoon due to continuing heavy rainfall.

“We would urge any member of the public to avoid travelling into or around the area unless the journey is critical.

“If anyone has to travel, they should take care while driving in the area due to large amounts of surface water and debris, and are urged to slow down.

“Anyone who feels their property is in danger from flooding should call police immediately.

“We would also like to remind people not to drive through floodwater and avoid exposed coasts during storm conditions. Also please be aware that road closure signs are put up for safety reasons and people should not move them or tamper with them as it could put others at risk.”

Police are advising people not to travel unless it is essential, to allow extra time for journeys and to reduce speeds.

Drivers are warned not to drive through flood water and people are being encouraged to check on elderly neighbours.