Updated: Chaos on roads with fallen trees reported

Commuters urged to take care as weather causes chaos.

HEAVY rain and gale force winds are causing chaos for commuters in North Devon today (Thursday).

Hugh Griffith, highways operations control centre manager at Devon County Council, said on Twitter: “A lot of reports of fallen trees and debris around the County. Take care driving especially off the major road network #devonroads”

In a further tweet he said: “Variable message signs in Barnstaple are warning of the high wind gusts on the Taw Bridge 49mph recorded a few minutes ago #devonroads”

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(Updated: 5pm Thursday)

Here’s a list of the latest disruptions to travel today:

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• At 1.40pm there were reports of several large hardboard sheets in the road on the A351 Link Road near Landkey at the Blakes Hill Road junction. – This is reported to now be cleared.

• The A386 is closed in both directions between the A388 junction in Bideford and the B3227 on Limer’s Hill junction in Torrington because of a fallen tree.

• Traffic is queuing on the A386 in both directions in Bideford between Bideford Long Bridge and the A388 junction because of flooding.

• Heavy surface water is reported at Pottington, Barnstaple and on the A361 Link Road between Pottington and Braunton.

• The A377 in Lapford is partially blocked near the Pope’s Lane junction because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables.

Flood Warnings

The Environment Agency currently has 33 flood warnings and 56 flood alerts in force.

Run-off from already wet fields and other areas could lead to further river and surface water flooding, and strong winds could worsen surface water flooding, as wind-blown leaves and debris block drains.

Nick Moore, of the EA, said: “We strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings on the Environment Agency website, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for flooding. We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.

“Environment Agency teams have been mobilised across the country to check on flood defences, clear river blockages and monitor river levels.

“These teams work around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding, and will be out in force over the coming days.

“Environment Agency flood defences have protected more than 2,000 properties in the past 24 hours.”

Flooding has already led to significant travel disruption and the Environment Agency continues to keep the Highways Agency and rail operators up to date with the latest forecast.

Saturday and Sunday are set to see more wet weather across the country with the possibility of further significant disruption caused by flooding.

Spotted any chaos on the roads? Tweet us @northdevon24, email sarah.howells@archant.co.uk with your photos or call us on 01271 345056.

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