Flood alert issued for Devon rivers

Date: 2021-10-05 12:00:00

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for two rivers in Devon.

They’ve told residents living near the River Clyst and River Culm as well as their tributaries to be prepared for flooding after a large amount of rainfall in recent days caused river levels to swell.

While river levels in the River Culm have begun to recede after recent heavy rainfall, they say that the River Clyst’s river level will remain high throughout the day.

They’ve also said that flooding of low lying land in the floodplain and roads close to the rivers is expected to continue, primarily along the lower reaches of the River Clyst although they don’t expect this to reach flood warning levels.

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The Environment Agency added that they will continue to monitor river levels and will provide a further update if the situation changes.

The affected area stretches from Westleigh in the North towards Stoke Canon in addition to Hemyock in the east down to where they meet the River Exe near Topsham.



An Environment Agency map showing the locations of the flood warning

The weather warning comes after flooding was reported in Exeter, which saw the city experience flooding in addition to Ivybridge where the River Erme burst its banks.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “Flooding is expected to continue throughout Tuesday. River levels in the River Culm have receded today after the recent heavy rainfall, however, river levels will remain high in the River Clyst throughout the day.

“Flooding of low lying land in the floodplain and roads close to rivers is expected to continue, primarily along the lower reaches of the River Clyst, although we do not expect to meet flood warning levels. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.

“We are constantly monitoring river levels and will update this message on Wednesday morning, or earlier if the situation changes.”

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