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Flooding and crashes causing problems on North Devon roads

By NDJAndrea  |  Posted: March 22, 2013

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Several roads across North Devon are closed or blocked due to incidents or flooding this morning.

Heavy rainfall overnight has seen flooding and surface water covering many roads across the region.

More wet and windy weather is on the way, with forecasters warning up to 100mm of rain could fall by 11pm tonight.

Last night, motorists were being told to "only travel if necessary" by police.

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Roads remain blocked this morning due to flooding, and in other areas across North Devon car crashes have forced the roads to be closed.

The A39 near Kilkhampton has been closed following a serious collision between a Vauxhall Polo and a Ford van.

Police said one casualty was trapped underneath the van following the 7.15am crash, which occurred approximately two miles out of Kilkhampton.

Officers said the casualty was "conscious and breathing" but said the road was expected to remain closed for "some time".

Motorists are advised to seek an alternative route where possible.

Elsewhere in North Devon, a section of the A386 Torrington to Bideford road is completely flooded in the Weare Gifford area.

And a section of the A361 North Devon Link Road is also blocked near Tiverton following a two-vehicle crash.

The road is partially blocked on the eastbound carriageway between the A396 Heathcoat Way junction in Tiverton and Sampford Peverell.

Police said the occupants of the vehicles suffered minor injuries. The crash caused debris to cover the road and crews are currently working to clear this from the road and recover the vehicles.

Devon County Council is urging people to travel with extreme care warned motorists to be prepared for the possibility of disruption on some of Devon’s roads.

Motorists are advised to be aware of surface water, flooding, debris and damage on the region’s roads.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Our highways teams are working hard to deal with a number of incidents - flooding, landslips, fallen trees, and blocked roads so do expect the possibility of delays but we are trying to minimise disruption as much as possible.

“We would urge everyone travelling this morning to be aware of surface water and not to drive through floodwater.

“With rain expected to continue there is the potential for more disruption, particularly as we head towards high tide at lunchtime, so motorists should drive with extreme caution and stick to the main road network where possible.”

Email your flooding photos to eglanfield@northdevonjournal.co.uk

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