Urgent flood warnings and yellow weather alerts for Devon and Cornwall

Date: 2021-10-30 09:50:14

Devon and Cornwall has already been hit by heavy rain this week, which is only set to continue as the weekend progresses.

With the Halloween weekend in full swing, flood and rain warnings look likely to dampen spirits after being issued for the region by both Gov.uk and the Met Office.

The warnings ask locals to prepare for localised flooding, heavy rainfall and transport disruption across the weekend.

Read more: Urgent ‘take action now’ flood alerts issued ahead of weekend washout

There have already been a number of floods across the region, with a cyclist even having to be rescued by firefighters in Newton Abbot after being stuck waist-deep in floodwater.

Flood warning for River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St. Mary

A flood warning means flooding is “expected”. The warning from Gov.uk is to ‘act now’

Flood warning area: riverside locations and roads between Broadclyst and Clyst St. Mary, including Broadclyst, Ashclyst, Clyston Mill, Sowton Barton, Newcourt Barton, the A3052 at Clyst Honiton, and the B3181 at Broadclyst

The latest update (October 29) reads: “Heavy rain has been falling in the River Clyst area over the last 24 hours.

“This has caused the River Clyst to rise and the river will remain high with further rainfall expected overnight into Saturday.

“There is likely to be deep road flooding in the Burrow, Broadclyst Bridge, Clyston Mill, Dymond’s Farm and Sowton Barton areas and flooding to properties and farms between Clyst St. Mary and Topsham including Newcourt Barton and Cotts Farm.

“Flood waters may be deep and fast flowing in these areas. Residents are strongly urged to take action now.

“Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings. We will be closely monitoring the situation throughout the day and this message will be updated as the situation changes.”

Flood alerts

Flood alerts are one level below warnings, and mean flooding is “possible”.

Several areas in the region have alerts in place:

Helford and Fal Rivers

St Austell and Par rivers

Lower River Tamar

Rivers Looe and Seaton

Rivers Tavy and Walkham

Upper River Tamar

Upper Torridge Area

West Cornwall Rivers

Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin Area

Exmoor Rivers

Lower Exe Area

Lower Taw area

Lower Tone and Parrett Moors

Lower Torridge Area

Mid Devon Rivers

Middle Exe Area

Middle River Tamar

North Cornwall Rivers

North Dartmoor Rivers

River Axe area

River Dart Area

River Fowey

River Lynher

River Plym and Tory Brook

Rivers Clyst and Culm and their tributaries

Rivers Otter and Sid, and Exmouth Area

River Teign area

River Tone Catchment

River Yealm

South Devon Rivers

Yellow weather warnings for rain across South West

According to the Met Office, a yellow weather warning is in place across the South West.

It reads: “Heavy rain leading to some flooding and disruption in places” and warns that bus and train services could possibly become affected, with journey times taking longer and spray and flooding on roads could also affect journeys.”

And, while this warning is only set to be in place until 9am this morning (October 30), tomorrow looks likely to see a new yellow warning for rain take its place, covering the south of the country.

This one is predicted to be in place from midnight until 3pm tomorrow (October 31) and reads: “A short period of heavy rainfall may bring some localised flooding and transport disruption.”

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Read more:

Cyclist trapped in waist-deep flood in Newton Abbot rescued by firefighters

Met Office issues weather warning for South West as rain set to batter region




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