Flooding Hits Coastal Towns

High tides and strong winds have led to flooding in a number of towns and villages across the west country

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Businesses clear up after flooding

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.

Lynmouth floods aren't as "severe as first thought"

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.

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PICTURES: Flooding at Lynmouth

Lynmouth Harbour the morning after the floods Credit: ITV Westcountry

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.

Seaweed in the road at Lynmouth is evidence of last night's tidal breaches Credit: ITV Westcountry

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.

Sandbags were out in force in the village today Credit: ITV West Country

Flood warnings in place in the West Country

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

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