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