People in North Devon have been clearing up today after high tides and strong winds caused flooding over night.
A number of businesses were affected in Lynmouth as Spring tides swept over flood defences in Riverside Road. Residents have had to remove seaweed and shail, but an early warning of trouble meant most were able to keep the water out.
The Environment Agency is monitoring the flooding situation at Lynmouth and says that it appears the problem is not as severe as first thought.
- High tides last yesterday (17 October) caused wave overrtopping of the sea wall and quay.
- Overtopping sand/silt caused some blocking of drains behind the defences leading to ponded water – approximately 600mm at the low spot.
- Flooding occurred to one residential property and one pub cellar. This is less than the ten flooded properties first reported.
- There has been no further flooding as a result of this morning’s high tide but the Environment Agency deployed sandbags to five at-risk properties as a precaution.
The Environment Agency has been checking flood defences and has a reconnaissance team on site.
Our Devon Correspondent Seth Conway has been in Lynmouth looking at the aftermath from last night's high tides. He's sent this report from the village.
There was no additional flooding in Lynmouth at high tide at 8.30am. Last night Riverside Road flooded two feet deep in places washing seaweed on to the road but thankfully most businesses were sand bagged and the water hasn't got in.
The Bath Hotel's Cellar was flooded but it hasn't affected the operation of the hotel. Locals were on flood watch and have taken all appropriate measures to protect themselves. There is minimal damage although a few cars last night had water into their footwells.
The Environment Agency has issued 11 flood warnings for our region. A number of coastal towns including Lynmouth and Mevagissey were affected during the high tides last night and more flooding is expected. If you are at risk, do take the usual precautions.
- South Devon Coast from Exmouth to Lyme Regis
- South Devon Coast from Start Point to Dawlish Warren
- Tidal River Torridge from Weare Giffard to Bideford
- South Devon Estuaries
- North Devon Coastal Communities, including Westward Ho!, Combe Martin and Lynmouth
- North Cornwall Coast at Wadebridge
- Plymouth Barbican
- North Cornwall Coast Flood Warning Area
- South Cornwall Coast Flood Warning Area
- Somerset coast at Blue Anchor, seafront properties
- Somerset coast at Porlock Weir
High tides and strong winds have caused flooding across the south west overnight. Mevagissey in Cornwall and Lynmouth in Devon are reported to have been affected with flooding to homes and businesses.
The Environment Agency have 15 flood warnings and 25 alerts in place.