Floods

More than 25 emergency rescue flights in the storms

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

Search and rescue helicopters from the Royal Navy have made more than 25 emergency journeys during the recent storms.

Nine people were rescued in the West Country with helicopter crews from Royal Navy Station Culdrose battling with the extreme conditions.

These conditions made the journeys far more dangerous and saw 50 knot (57mph) head winds triple the journey time of some...

Two 'severe' flood warnings remain at low tide

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

Only two severe flood warnings remain in place this afternoon in the South West.

The high tide around 8pm tonight is expected to be lower than last night but could still see a higher than usual flood risk.

However Met Office warnings against severe wind and rain will continue to remain in place through to the evening with a further weather warning for rain issued for Sunday...

Flood warning for Plymouth’s Barbican

Authored by Mary

Residents and businesses on Plymouth’s Barbican are being warned of expected flooding early on Friday morning due to high spring tides and strong winds.

The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for the Barbican, including Sutton Harbour. The highest water is due to be at 6.50am and but areas could be affected earlier.

Residents and business are being advised...

RSPCA urges pet owners to make sure animals are safe in storms

Authored by Mary

The RSPCA is warning owners to make sure their animals are safe ahead of new storms expected over the next couple of days.

Many people have struggled over the Christmas period after torrential weather hit parts of England and Wales. Heavy rain and high winds could also pose a threat to wildlife, horses and livestock and the RSPCA has received hundreds of calls about animals which have...

More flood warnings as severe weather returns

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

The Environment Agency is warning of further floods today issuing five flood warnings and 27 flood alerts across the South West as the severe wind and rain continue to affect the region.

The River Teign near Chudleigh and Kingsteignton, the River Yarty and the River Dart are all expected to see localised flooding with residents warned to take immediate flood protection action.

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More unpleasant weather is on its way

Authored by Mary

After storms yet again battered Devon overnight, weather experts have warned of more difficult conditions to come.

The Met Office forecast for the next five days is as follows:

Today:

A windy day with gales and scattered blustery showers. Some lengthy bright spells developing this afternoon as winds slowly ease and gales become mostly confined to coasts and exposed...

New flood maps show fewer people "at risk"

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

New flood maps issued by the environment agency show that less people in Devon and around England are now being classed as ‘at risk’ of flooding.

The maps, from the Environment Agency, show areas of the country at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea and help communities and businesses protect their properties from flooding.

The new maps, as well as providing a vital...

Environment Agency helps communities 'bounce back' from winter floods

Authored by Mary

Many of the communities devastated by last winter's floods are now much better prepared thanks to a dedicated team of Agency officers who have been out and about helping people develop greater flood resilience.

Two villages that have benefited from their support and advice are Roadwater and Washford near Minehead, Somerset where nearly 20 properties flooded in November 2012. Both...

Floods cost UK economy nearly £600 million

Authored by Mary

One year on from some of the worst flooding in 2012, latest research by the Environment Agency reveals that last year’s record-breaking wet year in England could have cost the UK economy close to £600 million.

The overall financial cost to businesses of the extreme weather was up to £200 million as total commercial property and contents damage totalled up to £84 million, and further...

Fire Service warns of dangers of driving through floodwater

Authored by JamesM

Fire officers are asking residents not to drive through floodwater, as they could be putting themselves or others in danger.

Attending incidents which could be prevented may also divert fire crews from other incidents where lives are at risk.

Area Commander Nick Manning said: “It is impossible for motorists to tell how deep water is or the condition of the ground beneath. There...

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