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Flooding possible in North Devon as Met Office issues rain weather warnings

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: January 26, 2013

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Flooding is possible across North Devon over the weekend as heavy rainfall and snow melt leads to saturated ground, according to forecasters.

The Met Office has put a number of heavy rain weather warnings in place for the region, with forecasters warning of up to 40mm of rainfall.

A weather warning is in place for the whole of Devon and Cornwall on Sunday.

A Met Officer forecaster said: "With large amounts of lying snow over the hills and moors, comparatively small amounts of rain combined with the snow melt could give rise to problems, perhaps particularly where snow which was cleared earlier acts to impede drainage.

“On Saturday, 10 to 20mm of rain is expected quite widely, with up to 40mm over some western hills.

“The public should be aware of potential disruption to travel.”

The Environment Agency has also issued a number of flood alerts for North Devon.

Flood alerts, which warn of possible flooding, are in place for the Lower River Taw and its tributaries from Newnham Bridge to Barnstaple, the Rivers Caen, Bradiford Water and Yeo, the Rivers Torridge, Waldon and Lew, including Black Torrington, Milton Damerel and Hatherleigh areas, coastal streams from Braunton to Combe Martin and all Exmoor rivers.

Another rain weather warning has been issued for North Devon on Tuesday, with forecasters warning of heavy rainfall and gale force winds.

Flood alerts for North Devon today:

Exmoor Rivers

Location: The Upper River Exe from Exford to Exebridge, the Rivers Barle, Lyn, Mole and Bray and their tributaries, and coastal streams from Combe Martin to Lynton

Lower Taw Area:

Location: The Lower River Taw and its, including Umberleigh, Chittlehampton, Swimbridge and Bishop's Tawton areas

Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin Area:

Location: the Rivers Caen, Bradiford Water and Yeo and coastal streams from Braunton to Combe Martin

Upper Torridge Area:

Location: The Rivers Torridge, Waldon and Lew, including Black Torrington, Milton Damerel and Hatherleigh areas, and coastal streams in the Hartland and Clovelly areas

Lower Torridge Area:

Location: Dolton, Great Torrington, Bideford and Westward Ho! areas


Has your journey been affected by flooding or a road closure? Let us know. Email emma.glanfield@localworld.co.uk or send us a message on Twitter: @ThisisNDevon.

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