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Flooding causes chaos on the roads in Devon

A policeman directs traffic through a flooded road in Heavitree, Exeter Photo: ITV News

Parts of Devon have seen flooding and numerous incidents on the roads after downpours hit the region this morning.

Emergency services have been stretched after having to attend to a string of crashes, mainly along the A38 and M5 at Exeter.

Standing water on the A38 at Kennford caused flooding on the inside lane where the A30 merges, forcing drivers to stop or go around the water.

Highways Agency staff were called to clear the flood.

Meanwhile, on the M5 several cars were involved in accidents because of flooding. One car aquaplaned, spun out of control and hit the central reservation.

Roads in and around Plymouth and Exeter were also blocked by flooding after a night of heavy rain.

Kings Road in Plymouth was flooded and parts of the route are still impassable for traffic.

In Ilfracombe, North Devon, Torrs Park is closed due to a landslip and a fallen tree at the junction with Upper Torrs.

Police have advised motorists to take extra care on the roads as surface water and localised flooding continues.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of localised flooding, and the Environment Agency has a number of flood alerts active in the South West.

Bob Cruwys reports from Tiverton:

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