Floods

Floods destroy: be prepared!

Authored by News Desk

As winter approaches, the Environment Agency is urging people across the West Country to be prepared for possible flooding.

Last winter was the wettest for nearly 250 years and around 6,000 properties flooded across the country. Among the worst hit was Somerset, where, in some areas, people were evacuated from their homes and whole communities suffered major flood damage and disruption...

Met Office and Environment Agency issue flood warnings for South West

Authored by Mary

The Environment Agency and the Met Office are warning there is a risk that the remnants of ex-tropical storm Bertha could bring strong winds, waves and heavy rainfall to the South West this weekend.

On Sunday and Monday a combination of high spring tides, strong westerly winds and waves brings a possible risk of flooding to the South West coast of England.

The heavy rain, which...

Council calls on South West to put pressure on Government

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

The leader of a Devon council is calling on people across the South West to write to their MPs and ask for Westminster to prioritise investment in the Westcountry’s rail network.

Plymouth City Council’s Labour leader, Tudor Evans, has asked that people across the South West play their part by helping to keep the pressure on government while a motion is put to the authority’s full...

National Express steps up services to the South West

Authored by News Desk

National Express is stepping up its services to the South West in a bid to help stranded rail passengers.

In light of the damage to rail lines in the South West caused by the recent storms, the UK’s largest coach operator has added five new express services to cope with extra demand already seen from the region,

Starting from Monday (10 February), the new express services...

Devon Flood Fund launched

Authored by Mary

Following weeks of terrible weather and high rainfall there are many areas of Devon where people are suffering the consequences of flooding; displaced from their homes, distressed, with damaged property and in need of immediate and longer term support.

Unfortunately the emergency services say they are gearing up to respond to yet another blast of atrocious weather which is predicted to...

Floods: 'Town or Country' warns Environment Agency boss

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

The UK must make “difficult choices” between protecting towns or countryside from future flooding according to Environment Agency boss, Lord Smith.

Lord Smith argued that there was no “bottomless purse” for flood defences and that current guidance which gives priority to lives and homes “involves tricky issues of policy and priority: town or country, front rooms or farmland?”

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Heavy rain to hit Devon

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

Forecasters are warning that further heavy rain is due to hit Devon at 9pm tonight (Monday 27 January) and remain until late on Tuesday (28 January).

The Met Office warns that frequent showers, some heavy, will bring a further 10-15 mm of rainwater into the region with the risk of up to 40 mm of rain on some areas of high ground.

The rain brings the risk of even further...

More flooding as weather warnings issued

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

Further flooding is possible tomorrow as the Met Office issue yet another weather warning for in Devon.

Bands of rain are expected to move eastwards across southwest England during Fridaywith up to 20mm of rain expected across most of Devon

With the ground saturated over much of the region, the met office has asked people to be aware of the risk of further local flooding and...

Beware cowboy builders taking advantage in flood-hit areas

Authored by Mary

Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service is warning people affected by the recent floods to be aware of rogue traders and cowboy builders.

Previous floods and severe weather in the UK have seen rogue traders offering a range of flood and damage recovery services as well as tarmacking, driveway cleaning, roof cleaning, guttering and garden maintenance.

Devon and Somerset...

Highways teams focus on flood clean-up

Authored by Mary

Devon County Council is re-deploying all of its highways teams into the clean-up operation in the wake of recent storms.

Having sustained ongoing torrential downpours in the past few weeks, the Council has received nearly 7,000 reports of flooded roads, potholes and fallen trees since 20 December.

The authority is still assessing the full extent of the recent storm damage to...

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