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Rail disruption until Friday as track damaged by severe weather

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

Rail disruption until Friday as track damaged by severe weather

Rail disruption until Friday as track damaged by severe weather

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Travellers face rail disruption until at least the end of the week as rain and flooding damage tracks and signals.

Train operator First Great Western has just revealed that there will be no trains between Exeter St Davids to Newton Abbot until February 7.

The company said that this was due to major damage caused by poor weather and rough seas to the track between these stations

First Great Western said buses are replacing trains between the stations.

There are also signal problems caused by weather conditions at Penzance. Passengers have been told there will be delays of around 20 minutess between Penzance and St Erth.

Severe flood warnings, saying there is a danger to life, issued this morning by the Environment Agency have now been reduced a level to say flooding is expected and for residents to be on the alert.

At present, a total of eight flood warnings, and 26 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, are in force across the region.

The south coast of Cornwall and Devon was put on severe flood alert this morning as high tides overtopped sea defences and flood town centres.

The Environment Agency Flooding issued its highest warning, predicting “large, high-energy waves and spray, buffeted by south to south easterly winds gusting to gale force 9.

“Beaches, coastal promenades, roads and footpaths will be extremely dangerous,” the agency said, adding that a tidal surge of more than a foot was expected.

Water is this morning lapping around houses and shops in Cornish towns, including Fowey, Saltash and Looe.

in Devon, Salcombe is seriously flooded and parts of Totnes were left under water this morning as the River Dart burst its banks and flooded parks.

Vire Island was left underwater at 8.30am as the water overflowed into the town.

The Agency said there may be an increased risk at Stonehouse, Plympton, Lamorna, Penzance, Porthleven, Mullion, Pentewan, Seaton and Kingsand.

“Coastal areas will be extremely dangerous, people are advised to avoid these areas,” a spokesman added.

Another spell of wet and windy weather is expected to spread over Devon, Cornwall and Somerset during Monday.

A severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office, forecasting heavy rain throughout the day.

Outbreaks of persistent rain will be accompanied by strengthening southerly winds which may also combine with high tides to increase the risk of coastal flooding in exposed locations.

The rain sill spread across the Westcountry from the West until around 5pm when it will ease and winds will die down.

Temperatures will be around 8c.

Tonight showers will remain with temperatures dropping to around 3c.

The South Cornwall coast is expected to be affected particularly badly by the wet weather.

The warning follows a weekend of tidal surges and flooding in the region.

Queues are stretching through Torpoint as motorists face delays of more than an hour on the Torpoint Ferry this morning.

Only two ferries are in action this morning as a result of a mechanical failure.

Queues have reportedly been stretching through and beyond Torpoint this morning.

Water has been sloshing up on to the Torpoint side of the river, while empty ferries are being held and there are huge queues of cars waiting to board.

Ferry staff have been reassuring drivers who have been queuing at Torpoint for more than an hour.

They have told motorists that the tide is reaching its peak.

There has also been slight flooding at the Devonport side of the crossing.

And flooding on the railway line between Looe and Liskeard means there is further travel disruption this morning in the South East Cornwall area.

The Westcountry coast was this morning being lashed by fierce winds, with more rain expected today.

High tide in Saltash has seen flooding on the town's waterfront this morning.

Fore Street in East Looe has been flooded this morning as high tides washed over the seafront.

In Devon the A379 Torbay Road, in Torquay, is closed between the A3022 Avenue Road junction and the Wheatridge Lane junction because of flooding.

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  • Insiderinside  |  February 05 2014, 7:40PM

    Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now: http://tinyurl.com/o6y5w5r - others have been exposing these failings for much longer.

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