Wind and rain lash North Devon

FIRE fighters were called to help an elderly couple whose home was flooded last night as heavy rain and winds lashed North Devon. And the Highways Agency was warning motorists to check the weather forecast and road conditions before venturing out this mo

FIRE fighters were called to help an elderly couple whose home was flooded last night as heavy rain and winds lashed North Devon.

And the Highways Agency was warning motorists to check the weather forecast and road conditions before venturing out this morning (Friday).

Bude firemen were called to Pancrasweek, near Holsworthy last evening when an elderly couple reported flooding in their home.

The fire crew found the lounge area of the property to be flooded to a depth of five inches.

They stemmed the flow of water into the property by pumping water from the garden soakaway.

Heavy rain continued overnight across North Devon and provided challenging conditions for early morning commuters.

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Hazards included standing water on the roads as well as debris from falling branches and leaves.

The Highways Agency advised motorists to move slowly through any standing water and test their brakes once they are through it before continuing to drive.

For up-to-date information on road conditions on England's trunk roads, drivers should check the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.org

Information on weather conditions may be obtained from www.metoffice.gov.uk

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