Flooding Returns To South West

Heavy rain has brought more widespread flooding to the South West.

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Environment Agency warn of 'on-going risk of flooding'

While the heavy rain is now easing, the weather is set to remain unsettled for the rest of the week.

With the ground still very wet, and river levels running high, any rain is likely to increase the risk of flooding.

There is an on-going risk of flooding from ground water, particularly in Dorset...

While we are not anticipating any significant property flooding, we may see further flooding of low-lying land, such as flood plains and low-lying roads as the peak in river levels moves downstream."

– ENVIRONMENT AGENCY SPOKESPERSON

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30 flood warnings in place as flooding causes disruption

30 flood warnings are still in place across the South West as flooding continues to cause travel disruption.

On the roads:

  • One lane is closed on the M5 southbound in Gloucestershire.
  • The A361 Main Road in Burrowbridge in Somerset is closed
  • The A391 in Bilbrook in Somerset is closed

On the trains:

  • Delays of up to 30 minutes on First Great Western services between Bristol Parkway and Gloucester.

Teignmouth landslip causes rail disruption

The landslip at Teignmouth which is causing major rail disruption Credit: First Great Western

A landslip which happened at 5am in Teignmouth is causing major problems for those wanting to get in and out of South Devon.

It happened in the same place as previous landslides earlier this month near Parsons Tunnel.

Train operators CrossCountry and First Great Western are providing road transport between Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids.

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New flood warning for the upper River Tone

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Tone (upper) from Waterrow to Bishops Hull. Particular locations at risk are Wellington and Bradford-on-Tone.

An average of about 10mm of rain has fallen today [Monday], with up to another 5mm forecast until this afternoon.

River levels on the River Tone at Greenham are rising in response to the rainfall but expected to peak this afternoon. However with daily totals of 5 to 10 mm rain forecast for the next few days, river levels will remain high.

There are currently a total of 28 flood warnings across the South West.

Christmas on hold as more flooding looms

Villagers walk through flood water in the high street in Stoke Canon Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Christmas preparations will be on hold for many people in the South West as they brace themselves against the possibility of yet more flooding.

Despite a brief respite from the downpours yesterday [Sunday], water levels continued to rise as rain washes down off hills to swell already torrential rivers.

Some will be swapping turkey and presents for mops, buckets and sandbags as they desperately try to clear up and protect their homes from further threats of floods.

There is little let-up on the immediate horizon. The Environment Agency still has one severe flood warning - meaning there is 'danger to life' - in place for the River Cober at Helston in west Cornwall, a town that has already seen residents evacuated from their homes.

They are also pumping Loe Pool lake to minimise the impact on water levels upstream at Helston, but that water levels were still rising.

There are currently 23 flood warnings in place across the South West.

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