Flood warning issued for Devon as people told ‘take action now’

A flood warning has been issued for parts of Devon on Boxing Day following heavy rainfall across the South West.

Maxine Denton www.devonlive.com

The county was battered with rain yesterday (December 25), causing some significant delays to traffic and travel, following severe flooding on roads across the region.

The Environment Agency has now issued a flood warning for the River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St. Mary for Boxing Day evening, after heavy rainfall in the River Clyst area on Christmas Day.

The warning alerts residents to “act now” as several areas can expect flooding to properties and farms before levels begin to fall today (December 26).

The Government website states: “Flooding is expected on Saturday evening. Heavy rain has been falling in the River Clyst area throughout Saturday. This has caused the River Clyst to rise and the river will remain high overnight before levels begin to fall on Sunday.

“There is likely to be road flooding at 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.”

It continued: “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 night and this message will be updated as the situation changes.”

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