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Over four thousand homes without power

Over four thousand homes without power in Devon and Cornwall Credit: Western Power

Over four thousand homes are without power across Devon and Cornwall as Storm Imogen hits the south west.

Western Power says the are trying to restore all supplies by midday.

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Westminster debates West Country railways

Credit: ITV West Country

South West MPs are to debate the future of the West Country's rail services in parliament today (8 February). They say its an opportunity for them to challenge the lack of investment in the regions rail network compared to other parts of the UK .

Discussions come after Network Rail revealed that the biggest ever upgrade to the region's rail network will be up to four ye​a​r​s​ late.

It means a promise to end overcrowding, and speed up journey times has again been delayed.

Residents say promises made two years ago after storms caused damage to the line have yet to be met.

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Council advises us to store waste as storm approaches

The distinctive swirl of cloud to the west of Ireland on Sunday morning is Storm Imogen Credit: Met Office

Residents are being urged to guard their waste against Monday's Storm Imogen and the windy and wet weather forecast all this week.

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) says if you have space store anything that does not need to go immediately then do so. it comes as Storm Imogen is predicted to bring gusts of wind travelling up to 70mph in some places.

Or the advise is to, where possible, get rid of recycling and rubbish at any recycling site. All 16 are open on Sunday before the storm hits; 11 until 1pm and five - Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil - to 4pm.

For most, the essential steps are: squash everything except glass and aerosols, flatten large card under recycling boxes, stack boxes or cover and weigh them down. The food waste bin - locked with the handle fully forward - can be used to hold down fly-away recycling.

If possible, put boxes in a sheltered spot that can still be clearly seen by collection crews.

Put out recycling as late as possible before 7am on collection day - the night leaves your waste vulnerable to the wind and wildlife - and take in empty boxes as soon as possible.

If it is wet, the only materials that must be kept completely dry by careful bagging are textiles, clothes and shoes.

Every individual and business has a legal duty of care over their waste until it is collected, so you should clear up any mess your waste creates. If crews make a mess and do not clear it up, tell your council customer services, but crews have no time to clear streets of litter. And SWP urges residents to help neighbours who may find it difficult to deal with their waste.

– Somerset Waste Partnership

People across West Country told to expect flooding

Red flood warnings in place across the South West Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has over 50 red flood warnings in place across the country with most of them covering the South West this morning. Red flood warnings mean flooding is expected, immediate action is required. People are being advised not to drive through flood water and not to take risks.

Work by the Environment Agency is being praised by police, with Devon & Cornwall Police Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith saying their work this weekend probably saved lives:

The flood warnings saying that flooding is expected, immediate action required in force across the South West include the following:

  • River Hayle from Relubbus to St Erth
  • River Yarty from Yarcombe to Axminster
  • River Axe (Lower) from Axminster to Axmouth
  • River Axe (Mid) at Axminster
  • River Axe (Upper) from Winsham to Axminster, including Chard Junction and Weycroft
  • River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St. Mary
  • River Culm (Lower) from Cullompton to Stoke Canon, including Hele
  • River Bovey at Bovey Tracey and Heathfield
  • River Exe (Lower) from Tiverton to Exeter, including Bickleigh
  • River Teign (Upper) from Clifford Bridge to Chudleigh
  • River Culm (Upper) from Hemyock to Cullompton
  • River Torridge (Lower) from Dolton to Bideford, including Taddiport and Weare Giffard
  • River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, including Staverton
  • River Dart from Dartmeet to Buckfastleigh
  • River Ottery At Yeolmbridge and Ham Mill
  • River Yeo from Yeovil to Langport
  • River Isle from Chard Reservoir to Hambridge

You can get more on those flood warnings here

In Somerset the County Council are advising people to heed to the closure signs on Vellors Way in Luxborugh. It is closed due to undermining of road surface and has been closed for people’s safety.

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