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Devon cricket club left underwater after Storm Katie

Budleigh Salterton Cricket club remains underwater in the aftermath of Storm Katie. The pitch had already flooded twice this winter - but was being prepared for the new season. But intense downpours over Easter caused the River Otter to flood further upstream. The water level has dropped by two or three feet but it's likely to be sometime before the clean up can begin.

The cricket pitch just two days before the flooding Credit: Budleigh Salterton CC

This was the scene just 48 hours before the cricket club was flooded again. It shows the pitch being prepared for the new season after twice being inundated over the winter.

Storm damaged trawler remains capsized in Dart Harbour two weeks on

Nine people had to be rescued from the vessel. Credit: ITV News

There's still no decision on how to refloat a French fishing boat which capsized in a Dartmouth harbour.

The St Christophe was one of three French vessels which sought shelter from storms last week. Ten crew members had to be rescued when two of the boats listed heavily.

The harbour says it is working with the insurance company to try to restore the vessel "as soon as possible"

The St Christophe is still submerged in Dartmouth harbour with nine tonnes of fuel onboard. Credit: RNLI

Certain areas of South Embankment are not available to the public due to the fenced cordon around the vessel. The fence is in place to protect the public because of the machinery and to protect the operators.

We also need to be ready to react should there be a sudden loss of fuel from the vessel to minimise serious environmental damage to the harbour environment.

– Spokesperson, Dart Harbour

The fuel remains on board the vessel in fuel tanks and very little has escaped. The harbour says it will continue to maintain a pollution control effort and is closely monitoring the situation.

"Currently the safest solution is considered to be to recover the vessel complete with its fuel.

In the meantime Dart Harbour remains open for business as usual and is looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors over Easter."


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