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Seven flood warnings across the South West

Last night's heavy rain is starting to have its effect on rivers across the West Country. The Environment Agency has now issued seven flood warnings for the region as the water levels rise.

  • River Axe (Upper) from Winsham to Axminster inc Chard Junction & Weycrof
  • River Teign (Lower) from Chudleigh to Kingsteignton
  • River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St Mary
  • River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, including Staverton
  • River Yarty from Yarcombe to Axminster
  • A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge
  • Curry Moor and Hay Moor

PICTURE: Fighting to save fish at Cheltenham lake

Hosepipes set up to try to save hundreds of fish from dying at Pittville Lake Credit: ITV News West Country

Thank goodness there isn't a hosepipe ban in Cheltenham where the Environment Agency hopes spraying fresh water into Pittville Lake will save some of its fish, which are dying in droves.

Staff have spent the night manning the pumps, trying to re-oxygenate the lake.

In the meantime, people and dogs are being warned to stay well away from the water for their own safety.

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Cheltenham Borough Council statement:

We know from tests that the oxygen levels in the lake had dropped considerably, so the Environment Agency is recirculating water into the lake in an effort to stabilize oxygen levels.

Low oxygen levels could be due to a number of factors linked to environmental conditions such as decomposing algae or sediment stirred up by recent storms.

The surviving fish now have areas which are oxygenated and we will continue to work with the Environment Agency to make sure that oxygen levels stay at the required level.

Although tests for blue-green algae have returned negative, we would still like to remind people that there is no fishing on the lake until further notice to allow for the clean-up operation."

– Janice Peacey, Community Ranger
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