Flooding: more bad weather to come...

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By PGStrange | Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 17:58

SOUTH WEST ENGLAND has been put on an amber warning for more bad weather for tomorrow (Thursday 22 November). It could cause more flooding and delays on Devon's roads, which saw many problems today across the region, including the Newton Abbot area...

The Met Office issued the amber warning this afternoon. A spokesman said that. "A spell of wet and windy weather is expected to move west to east across many parts of the UK during Thursday. Coming so soon after the heavy rain which fell in many places on Wednesday, this is likely to provoke further issues with flooding. Additionally, winds will gust to 50 to 60 mph in many places, and even 70 mph in some exposed western areas.

"In view of the wind and rain combination, the public should be prepared for transport disruption."

In addition, the Environment Agency has issued 48 flood warnings for South West England.

Today's problems

There were numerous problems today across South Devon's roads. These included:  

Chudleigh: the B3193 at Finlake was blocked at the B3344 junction.

Marldon, near Paignton: Five Lanes Road was blocked both ways at Preston Down Road.

Newton Abbot area: the A380 was flooded in the Ideford Dip

Paignton: the road through Clennon Valley  was flooded.

Stoke Gabriel: drivers were reporting serious flooding in this area.

Teignmouth: a landslip closed the B3192 Higher Exeter Road. Bitton Park Road was also closed in both directions at the Reed Vale junction because of flooding.

Torquay: flooding in Rathmore Road and Avenue Road caused long delays, and traffic between Plymouth and Totnes was disrupted by flooding at Avonwick. South Street was also closed in both directions at East Street because of a serious accident.

Numerous incidents

From 2.30am onwards, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service were called to numerous incidents. By mid-morning firefighters had attended 51 incidents due to flooding. In total they received 311 calls for assistance. As well as 18 rescues from vehicles caught in floodwater, one involved two people were attempting to rescue cattle.   

"At the moment 12 live rescues from vehicles caught in flood water are taking place," said a fire spokesperson. "We are also assisting the ambulance service with a person who is a diabetic and is caught in flood water. In total at this moment in time there are 110 live incidents happening throughout Devon and Somerset.

"There are 42 pumping appliances are at present committed, with one appliance from Avon Fire & Rescue Service and three appliances from Dorset Fire & Rescue Service in assistance. Two specialist Rescue teams are also committed to incidents."

Advice to drivers

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have issued the following advice to drivers:

  • Do not attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded. Vehicles can float away in just 2 feet of water
  • If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately if safe to do so and seek higher ground.   
  • Do not attempt to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow water moving fast can sweep you off your feet and there may be hidden dangers such as open drains, damaged road surfaces, submerged debris or deep channels; these can cause serious injuries or even death     
Have you got photos of today's flooding in your area?  If so, we'd love to see them on Newton Abbot People. Email them to: paul.strange@thelocalpeople.co.uk

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