Flooding Causes Chaos in Devon

Heavy rain has led to flooding and blocked roads in Devon

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Devon flood protection scheme

Less than a fortnight after flash flooding hit parts of Devon, the Environment Agency has issued advice to people about what to do if you're caught in similar weather.

It follows the heavy rain which hit properties in Clovelly and others in Mid Devon. Today though, the Agency was focussing its efforts on West Devon. Jeff Welch reports

Cleaning up after the floods

Residents and business owners in the historic Devon fishing village of Clovelly have spent today cleaning up as best they can, after a flash flood swept through the high street.

The privately owned village, on the north Devon coast, was hit by two inches of rain in little more than an hour.

Our correspondent, Seth Conway, has been back there today:


Clean up underway after flooding in Devon

Residents in Clovelly are trying to clean up after the river burst its banks Credit: ITV West

People living in Mid and North Devon are counting the cost of yesterday's flooding.

A major clean-up operation is underway in Clovelly, where the river burst its banks and streamed through the village. One flood warning on the River Clyst still remains.

Two people rescued from stranded car near Beaworthy

Two people were rescued by helicopter this evening after their car was stuck in floodwater in Sheepwash, near Beaworthy.

Emergency services received a call from a stranded motorist and her child at around 7.15pm.

They had climbed onto the roof of the vehicle, but couldn't get to safety due to the fast flowing water.

The car soon washed away and the pair were left holding on to a tree.

Water rescue equipment, a rescue boat and a Sea King helicopter were all used in the rescue, which took 2 hours.

The Hazardous Area Response Team from the ambulance service were also in attendance.

Flood warnings in the West Country

The Environment Agency has tonight issued seven flood warnings for the south west.

  • River Tamar (Upper) from Tamarstone to Polson Bridge
  • River Lowman at Tiverton
  • River Tone (Upper) from Waterrow to Bishops Hull
  • River Lowman at vulnerable riverside locations in Tiverton
  • River Batherm at Bampton
  • River Torridge (Upper) from Bradford to Dolton
  • River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St Mary

People whose homes or businesses are at risk are urged to take immediate action. For more information, click here


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