Flood hit communities praised as more heavy rain expected

Flood ravaged communities have been praised this evening for the way in which they responded to the weekend’s flooding. With more heavy rain expected overnight, the Met Office is warning people to take care.

Several rivers burst their banks over the weekend causing widespread flooding Credit: ITV Westcountry

Residents in Yealmpton, Ottery St Mary and Axminster have been commended by Devon County Council for how they dealt with the flooding. Many people are still clearing up their homes after water engulfed their properties following heavy downpours of rain.

The weekend’s rainfall has been devastating, but unfortunately there does not appear to be any let up in the current conditions. We are continuing to work closely with the Environment Agency and other partners to ensure that communities can recover from this. But with the forecast of more rain on saturated ground, I would urge everyone to be prepared for the possibility of more flooding.

– Cllr Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council, Highways and Transportation
Many resident are still cleaning up after flood water gushed into their homes Credit: ITV Westcountry

The weekend’s floods have been devastating, but communities have pulled together to minimise the impact on residents wherever possible. Such intense rainfall is always going to pose problems, but the response from communities such as Yealmpton and Axminster, for example, has shown the value of having a community emergency plan in place, and the benefit of how this supports the multi-agency flood plan developed by responding agencies in Devon. Residents were able to help themselves as the flooding occurred, and the local authorities and other agencies were then able to follow on with support.

– Cllr Roger Croad, Devon County Council, Environment and Community

Devon’s damaged roads are currently being assessed and work is continuing to clear drainage ditches and blocked drains on major roads. Patching repairs are also being carried out on A and B roads.

Homes in Yealmpton, Devon, were among those worst affected Credit: ITV Westcountry

Emergency flood plans were put into action in several villages and towns, including Yealmpton and Axminster. It meant homes could be evacuated quickly and those left homeless could keep safe in community rest centres.

I have nothing but praise for the tremendous help and support we received which without doubt helped a lot of people out of of an unpleasant situation.

– Richard Yonge, Yealmpton Parish Council Chairman
Many families and businesses have been left counting the cost following the floods Credit: ITV Westcountry

I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve never seen flooding to this extent in the area before. Four or five different areas of Axminster were flooded and the people in Willhayes Park would have been trapped if their bungalows hadn’t been evacuated. What this has shown very clearly is that the systems in place are well organised, and everyone worked well together to make sure the needs of residents were tended to. The residents were full of praise.

– Cllr Andrew Moulding, County Councillor for Axminster

Flood warnings for the South West have been lifted by the Environment Agency, with only one remaining in Dorset. Ten flood alerts remain in place mainly across Dorset and Somerset. Although, the Met Office is still warning of potential localised flooding overnight.

Heavy rain caused flooding in Mudford, near Yeovil, on Sunday Credit: Wayne Gillam

Warnings of further heavy downpours, forecast for Thursday and Friday, are being carefully monitored.