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Weather warnings help farms move stock to avoid floods

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

WATERLOGGED: Nice weather for ducks – but not for farm stock – in the flooded Taw Valley.    Picture Richard Howe

WATERLOGGED: Nice weather for ducks – but not for farm stock – in the flooded Taw Valley. Picture Richard Howe

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TIMELY warnings from the Environment Agency appear to have helped North Devon's farmers avoid losing stock in the burst of bad weather.

Heavy rain has flooded many acres of North Devon's ground obliging owners of cattle and sheep to move them to higher ground and buildings.

Chairman of the county's National Farmers Union branch, David Verney, farms at Bishops Nympton and said any ground he has by the river had already been grazed and his sheep were out of danger.

"The risk of flooding is a big worry but we've been forewarned and hopefully people have got contingency plans and are aware of what's happening," he said.

"Thankfully it looks as though they've been able to move stock to higher ground and into buildings and those lambing in March will have their ewes in by now."

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