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North Devon drivers urged to avoid overnight travel during storm

By NDJPeter  |  Posted: December 23, 2013

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DRIVERS in North Devon are being urged to avoid any unnecessary travel as the region prepares to be hit by further storms.

Winds of up to 60mph and continued heavy rain is set to batter the region overnight. It is expected to lead to further flooding as the rain falls on already saturated ground.

Devon County Council is urging people to take extra care when travelling on the county’s roads, especially on quieter, minor routes where problems may not have yet been highlighted.

More than 200 flooding incidents and around 105 fallen trees have been reported across the county.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “There have been a lot of reports of trees down and localised flooding across the county, and it will make driving conditions hazardous overnight.

“With the intensity of rain expected to increase again this evening motorists should expect the possibility of surface water, and should drive accordingly.

“The advice is not to travel overnight unless it is absolutely necessary. If you have to drive, please do not attempt to drive through floodwater as a number of vehicles have already got stuck today, and you are potentially putting the lives of others at risk.”

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