Devon on alert for heavy rain and flooding

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Posted: Monday, January 25, 2016 - 23:20

Forecasters have issued a severe weather warning for Devon as a period of changeable and potentially disruptive weather heads for the UK.

Rain will become heavy and persistent at times during Tuesday and into Wednesday, and will be accompanied by south or southwesterly gales and possibly severe gales at times

The heaviest rain and strongest winds are likely to occur in two main bouts - one late morning and afternoon on Tuesday and another Tuesday night into Wednesday, before clearing to the southeast on Wednesday afternoon.

The Environment Agency has warned communities to be prepared for possible flooding and disruption to travel due to the heavy rain and high tides.

Clare Dinnis, National Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “With heavy rain and high tides this week, people in Devon and Cornwall need to be prepared for the risk of flooding.

“We will issue flood warnings and alerts where necessary as rivers respond to the rainfall. This could also cause drains to overflow, so people need to be ready for flash flooding in some places.

“Environment Agency teams are already out checking flood defences, clearing trash screens and blockages in watercourses and culverts.

“Disruption to travel and some flooding of low-lying land and individual properties is possible.

“We urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades, and not to drive through flood water.”

People should check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation at https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

The regional forecast for Devon is as follows:

Today:

A dry and chilly start but quickly becoming a wet and windy day with gales in exposure. The rain will be heavy at times, especially over the hills. Maximum Temperature 13°C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Rain, heavy at times, is likely to linger through much of Wednesday. Brighter, but somewhat colder conditions then returning on Thursday. Further mild, wet and very windy weather for Friday.

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