Flash flooding in West Country

Heavy rain has led to flash flooding across the region. Cornwall fire and rescue service had received around 50 calls between 6pm and 9pm on Thursday evening.

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Mopping up after the floods

The weather has been causing major problems across the region, with many parts of Cornwall and Devon badly affected.

At the moment, the Environment Agency has 12 flood warnings and 44 flood alerts in place for the South West.

Some businesses hit by the rain overnight are still clearing up after the floods earlier this Winter.

Seth Conway reports:


Ashburton Primary School closed after floods

A Devon school has had to close after last night's flooding affected roads in the area.

Overnight there has been extensive flood damage and currently there are concerns over the stability of Love Lane as there has been movement in the road and the tarmac has lifted.

The police have closed all roads to the school and therefore in order to keep everyone safe school is closed today.

The highways agency will be out to work on the road over the next few days and we currently expect to be open on Monday.

– Ashburton Primary School

Fire service rescues people from floods

Fire crews were called out a number of times overnight to rescue people caught in the floods.

These are some of the incidents Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service dealt with:

  • 9.15pm Plymstock - Crews freed a person from their car in floodwater in Wembury Road
  • 10pm Ashburton - Crews helped residents affected by flooding and advise on protecting their properties
  • 5.52am Sidmouth - Crews rescue a person stuck in their car in floodwater in Mill Street
  • 6.27am Newton Abbot - Specialist rescue team called to Teigngrace to rescue a person from their car in floodwater


Sandbags provide little resistance following flash floods

Despite the sandbags flood water has damages many businesses Credit: ITV News West Country

Flash flooding has hit many parts of Devon and Cornwall overnight. Newlyn in west Cornwall was one of the worst affected with a number of businesses begin affected despite desperate attempts to prevent flood water entering buildings.

18 flood warnings remain in place across the South West Credit: ITV News West Country

Businesses hit by flash flooding

Heavy rain has caused severe flooding in Cornwall and Devon overnight.

One of the worst hit areas is Newlyn in west Cornwall where up to fifteen businesses were affected by flood water.

Several businesses have been affected Credit: ITV News West Country

Emergency services dealt with more than fifty call outs overnight. Two drivers were rescued from their cars in separate parts of Plymouth.

Nearly 20 flood warnings have been issued by the Environment agency. Find out if you're affected.

The environment agency has issued 18 flood warnings Credit: ITV News West Country
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