Council responds to severe weather effects
A warning has been issued to residents in Devon to take extra care as the county continues to suffer the effects of heavy rainfall.
Three inches of rain fell across parts of the county in just 24 hours causing flooding, particularly in East Devon.
Some roads were closed for a period this morning, including the A373 from Cullompton to Honiton, while others have remained open, but passable with care.
With the Met Office predicting more rain for the West Country this afternoon and tomorrow, as well as strong winds, Devon County Council’s highways teams and emergency planners are on standby to respond and are warning the public to prepare for a further risk of both surface water and river flooding during this period.
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Environment Agency flood warnings remain on of Devon’s rivers, including the Culm, Torridge, Axe and Clyst.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said:
“Our highways teams are out clearing up following yesterday’s severe weather, and are all set to continue to deal with any further incidents that are reported to us.
“We are working with our colleagues at the Met Office and the Environment Agency to monitor the weather situation, and are warning our communities to take extra care.
“Although the rain has cleared for now, I encourage people be alert to the potential for surface water and residual flooding, particularly in areas where ground is already saturated and on minor roads where problems may not be brought to our attention straight away.
“It’s also important that people make sure they are up to date with the latest flood and weather warning information, which can be found on the Environment Agency’s website, and via the Met Office.”