Flood warnings are still in place across Devon after yesterday’s deluge which saw flash flooding causing havoc across the county. There are a number of flood warnings in areas like Exeter, Sidmouth and Cullompton, according to the Environment Agency.
Zhara Simpson www.devonlive.com
It comes after a yellow weather warning was issued by the Exeter based forecaster yesterday (May 9) as parts of Devon were battered with thunderstorms and heavy rain.
In Exeter flash floods caused chaos in Honiton Road. Pictures showed vehicles stuck and bins floating in the water. The A3052 at Newton Poppleford was another area that experienced flooding with some parts of the road being impassable.
Guidance from the Environment Agency states that local residents should monitor water levels and weather conditions, adding to avoid low-lying footpaths or entering areas prone to flooding.
Here’s the flood warnings across Devon
Exeter River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St Mary
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.
Sidmouth River Otter and Sid, and Exmouth area
Flood alert area: Lympstone, Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth areas.
River Clyst and Culm and their tributaries
Flood alert area: Hemyock, Cullompton, Stoke Canon, Broadclyst and Clyst St Mary areas.
The Met Office flood warnings (Image: The Met Office)
River Axe area
Flood alert area: Rivers Axe, Coly, Yarty, Umborne Brook and coastal streams from Branscombe to Axmouth.
Upper River Tamar
Flood alert area: Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water, Launceston and Yeolmbridge.
The guidance states: “Monitor local water levels and weather conditions. Avoid using low lying footpaths or entering areas prone to flooding. Start acting on your flood plan if you have one. Environment Agency Flood Warning Officers set the river or tidal levels that have triggered this message.
“During industrial action this message has been automatically issued based on rising river or tidal levels. Follow @EnvAgencySW on Twitter for information for your area.”
Today’s Met Office’s forecast for the south west is as follows:
Today: Rather cloudy to start with showery rain. Cloud breaking to allow for sunny spells, although further showers developing. Showers locally heavy and thundery, though less widespread than of late and dying out later. Breezier, but feeling pleasant in any sunshine. Maximum temperature 16 °C.
Tonight: Any remaining showers soon easing to leave some late evening sunshine, then clear spells overnight. Turning cloudier in the west later, with further showery outbreaks of rain arriving. Lighter winds. Minimum temperature 7 °C.
Thursday (May 11): A mixture of sunny spells and showers. Showers could be heavy at times and slow moving, carrying the risk of thunder. Light winds, and feeling warm in the sunshine. Maximum temperature 16 °C.
Outlook for Friday (May 12) to Sunday (May 14): Sunny spells on Friday, perhaps with the odd shower. Mostly dry on Saturday with sunny intervals. Cloud increasing on Sunday, with rain possibly arriving later. Feeling warm in the sunshine.