Flood gates at Instow are struggling to cope as the sea encroaches on its defences as high tide approaches.
The Environment Agency has issued 14 severe flood warnings, for the south west - including the North Devon coastline. 60 flood warnings are also in place.
The RNLI lifeboat at Appledore has rescued three crew members from a boat which had run aground off Instow in North Devon.
The Hedrik began listing and taking on water after hitting an unknown object on Thursday evening.
Swansea Coastguard heard Hedrik's faint Mayday emergency call and notified the Appledore RNLI lifeboat. It reached the scene within ten minutes of the Mayday being received and the three crew members on board were transferred to the lifeboat.
– Steve Matthews, Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager
This was an incredibly fast and slick recovery operation. The crew members are safe and dry and we are currently assisting an effort to re-float this vessel using its salvage pump. Thank you to all teams involved
Dog owners in North Devon are the latest to react with anger to plans to ban their pets from a beach. Dozens attended a meeting in Instow this morning where they claimed the ban was being forced through.
Just two months ago councillors in St Ives infuriated many locals when they voted through a dog ban.