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LIVE BLOG: Worst weather in decades hits North Devon

By NDJPhilippa  |  Posted: October 28, 2013

  • The storm looming in Westward Ho!

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North Devon is this morning waking up to the effects of the overnight storm which has been labelled as the worst weather the country has seen in decades.

The high winds and heavy rain has meant dozens of trees of have fallen in the area, roads are blocked and the Environment Agency has put dozens of flood alerts and warnings in place on rivers across the area.

Although the winds in North Devon didn’t reach the speeds that hit South Devon a tree have fallen on the A386 between Bideford and Torrington blocking the road and there are reports of flooding in the area.

Have you taken any photos of the weather hitting North Devon? If so send them into us as editorial@northdevonjournal.co.uk

Check back for updates on the weather throughout the day.

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1.15pm: It has been confirmed by Devon County Highways the River Bray has burst its banks closing the B3227 and B3226 until tomorrow.

12.45pm: B3227 closed between South Molton and Umberleigh due to flooding

11.30am: B3232 cleared now between Torrington and Barnstaple after earlier problems.

9.40am: Trains between Barnstaple and Exeter on the Tarka Line due to bad weather.

9.25am: Stagecoach has confirmed all bus services are running as normal in North Devon apart from the 70 service which is not currently running due to flooding at Weare Giffard.

9.20am: Meerkat and otter enclosures at Exmoor Zoo have been affected by the bad weather over the past few days.

Yesterday afternoon flash floods caused drains to become blocked with leaves and left the zoo’s kitchen underwater.

9.00am: The Met Office confirms 31mm of rain fell in North Devon between 6pm last night and 8am this morning. Wind speeds were below 60mph.

The storm has now passed and we will experience light winds for the rest of the day.

8.55am: North Devon Council confirmed no severe flooding is expected although there will be lots of surface water due to heavy rain so motorists are advised to take extra care.

Residents are advised to take precautions to protect themselves and their property from high winds. This includes securing wheelie bins and recycling bags and containers.

If anyone is forced to leave their property and needs temporary accommodation, they should call the North Devon Council emergency, out of hours, standby service on 01271 388240.

8.50am: Environment Agency start downgrading flood warnings and confirmed the event has not been as bad for them as anticipated.

8.20am: Homebase has confirmed they are open as usual despite store flooding.

7.55am: A Bideford fire crew and police were called to a car which had driven off the road in Bideford at Little America after hitting flood water at 5.10am. The driver was unhurt but the road was closed.

7.40am: Barnstaple Homebase was flooded overnight which activated the fire alarms at 3am. A fire crew from Barnstaple were called to the store.

7.35am: A tree has fallen on the A386 between Bideford and Torrington blocking the road and there are reports of flooding in the area.

7.30am: Bideford fire crews were called to a car trapped in flood water in Bideford at 5.10am - the driver was unhurt.

7.10am: The A3072 is blocked due to a fallen tree between Holsworthy and Highampton and the road is also blocked between Meeth and Hatherleigh.

Flooding and travel disruption is also reported around Torrington.

7am: First Great Western trains between Westbury and Salisbury may be delayed by up to 60 minutes because of a tree on the line near Warminster and a train has hit a tree on the line near Ivybridge meaning trains between Plymouth and Newton Abbot may be delayed by up to 70 minutes.

6.55am: The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for the following rivers in North Devon:

• River Barle from Simonsbath to Brushford, including Withypool,

• River Bray from Leehamford to Meethe, including Brayford and Clapworthy

• River Torridge (Upper) from Bradford to Dolton

• River Waldon from Bradworthy to Bradford

• River Taw (Middle) from Taw Bridge to Newnham Bridge

Flood alerts have been issued for the following rivers:

• Lower Torridge Area, including Torrington, Bideford and Westward Ho!

• Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin Area – Rivers Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo.

6.45am: The Met Office has forecast further rain for North Devon today although the wind warnings stop at 3pm. Rain is set to continue tomorrow as well although it will be drier in the afternoon.

6.40am: A tree has fallen on the A386 between Bideford and Torrington blocking the road and there are reports of flooding in the area.

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