Flooding Returns To South West

Heavy rain has brought more widespread flooding to the South West.

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Drop-in session for Braunton flood victims

Flood water on the rise in Braunton before Christmas Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

People in Braunton affected by the recent floods can have their say at a drop-in session today [Thursday].

Devon County Council and the Environment Agency have orgainised the event in the town's parish hall from midday until 7pm. On Friday the meeting moves to Bishop Tawton and will be held in the village hall from 3pm to 7pm.

Tarr Steps hit by floods

The ancient bridge as it should look Credit: ITV Westcountry

One of Exmoor's most iconic landmarks has been swept away in the floods. The ancient clapper bridge, Tarr Steps, was demolished when fallen trees pushed up against the giant stones. 3/4 of the bridge has gone and will have to be rebuilt.

The ancient bridge as it is today. More than half has been swept away Credit: ITV Westcountry

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Main rail line into Devon re-opens after flood

Mainline rail services between Exeter and Tiverton have started operating again today, bringing to an end a week of rail chaos for passengers.

The tracks at Cowley Bridge were engulfed by flood water in last weekend's downpour.

Tonight, First Great Western says some branch line services across Devon and Cornwall may not re-open for another week, as Jonathan Gibson reports:

Bad weather hits wildlife

England has suffered its wettest year since records began in 1910. While slugs relished the wet summer, birds struggled and badgers found it difficult to find food in the dry spring.

Matthew Oates from the National Trust talks about how the bad weather has had a huge affect on the region's wildlife.

More misery for rail travellers

Network Rail says it's hoping to re-open the main line between Exeter and Tiverton tomorrow at noon, a week after heavy rain paralysed many rail services in and out of the region. But it's also warned commuters on other routes face more misery into the New Year. Jonathan Gibson reports.

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