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Video: Flooding fears over swollen River Exe

By EGaskarth  |  Posted: December 22, 2012

  • The River Exe this afternoon

  • The River Exe this afternoon - taken by Tom Staniford

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Agencies are closely monitoring the level of the River Exe after warnings that heavy rain sweeping through Devon over the rest of the weekend could cause further misery to already badly afflicted areas.

The Met Office have issued an amber warning and said further bands of heavy rain accompanied by strong winds are expected to move north and east across the South West through Saturday and early Sunday. 

They added: "Given that the ground is already saturated, the public should be prepared for the risk of localised flooding from both rivers and surface water. This could well lead to disruption to travel, with a low likelihood of severe disruption, particularly in parts of Devon and Cornwall."

Flooding continues to wreak havoc across the county, with Braunton in North Devon the worst hit so far, with two severe flood warnings still in place for the River Caen.

There are now fears over the level of the River Exe, which is swollen and was described by PCSO Rich Shelton as "dangerously high." 

The Environment Agency currently have four severe flood warnings, 65 flood warnings and 60 flood alerts in force across the South West.

There is a flood warning for the River Exe (Upper) from Exford to Exebridge, including Winsford and Bridgetown, another for the Rivers Exe and Culm at Stoke Canon and also for the River Exe (Lower) at Up Exe and Thorverton.

The A377 at Umberleigh was reported closed at 4pm due to flooding.

Surface water caused dangerous driving conditions on the roads that did remain open, with accidents reported on the A30 near Okehampton and on minor roads across Devon.

To monitor flood warnings in your area visit the Environment Agency website here 

Video: Flooding fears over swollen River Exe this Evening

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