Flooding danger in North Devon

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For anyone with family or friends in North Devon or who are travelling that way.

From Devon & Cornwall Police:

Police are urging the public to remain on alert for more widespread flooding and disruption in north Devon with high tide and more rain today.

Heavy rainfall has caused localised flooding and disruption to roads particularly in the Ilfracombe, South Molton and Barnstaple areas throughout the day. No casualties have been reported.

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

The A399 at Combe Martin remains closed following a landslide reported at 10.35am. Both carriageways are blocked as a section of the road has collapsed.

The A361 was closed near Landkey in Barnstaple but has since reopened. Drivers are still being asked to exercise care when using this route.

There are a number of landslides reported at Muddiford. The River Venn at Landkey has burst its banks.

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: “Throughout the day police, the fire service and all agencies have been working hard to deal with incidents of flooding due to high levels of rainfall.

“While new calls from the public have reduced and water has begun to recede in some areas, agencies are currently monitoring the situation as we go into the evening with flood warnings on many locations remaining in place. Further rainfall is predicted and water runoff from the high ground may affect roads and properties. All emergency services and partner agencies remain on alert.

“The public is urged to only travel for essential journeys and only then with extreme caution. If anyone has to travel they should take care while driving in the area due to large amounts of surface water and debris, and they are urged to slow down.

“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.

“Any person perceiving that their property is at risk is urged to take steps in line with the advice published by the Environment Agency. If anyone is in immediate danger then please phone police on 999.

“The Environment agency also urge members of the public to exercise extreme caution in trying to resolve potential issues themselves and no-one should interfere with Environment Agency equipment or other property.”

Police advise:
• Don’t travel unless absolutely essential – stay safe and stay home if possible.
• Where travel essential, allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed.
• Drive with care and according to the conditions.
• Do not attempt to drive through floodwater.
• If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, check to see how they could possibly be helped.
• Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions.

For the latest information follow: @metoffice on Twitter or visit www.metoffice.gov.uk and or @EnvAgencySW [www.gov.uk].

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