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Woodside Bridge on East Lyn near Lynmouth unsafe

The bridge has now been closed Credit: Exmoor National Park

Woodside Bridge on the East Lyn near Lynmouth has had to be closed following a recent inspection by Exmoor National Park Authority which has revealed it to be unsafe.

In the meantime, members of the public are advised to use the Tors Road footbridge as an alternative means of crossing the East Lyn.

Our main priority in the first instance was to stop people using the bridge and for safety reasons, we now plan to have it removed as soon as practically possible. We will then be looking into the options for replacing it.

– Dan Barnett, Exmoor National Park


Quarter of a million to redevelop Lynmouth Pavilion

Lynmouth Pavilion as it is now Credit: ITV News West Country

Exmoor National Park Authority has been given quarter of a million pounds to help redevelop Lynmouth Pavillion.

The money from the Heritage Lottery fund will pay for two staff at the new visitor centre, and also events and exhibitions. The project's also had £50,000 from the local authority. The new Pavillion is due to open this year.

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.

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