Highway crews work ‘flat out’ to clear fallen trees

After 48 hours of wet and windy weather, the big clear-up is under way. Devon County Council highway crews have been ‘working flat out’ to keep travel routes open and safe.

Staff have been busy clearing fallen trees and branches from the county’s huge network of roads.

In an alert on Twitter, the council said it had cleared debris from roads across Devon.

A spokesperson said: “Our highway crews have been working flat out today clearing trees and branches across the county.

“Currently all main roads are open.”

Unseasonal weather saw the Met Office issue warnings for the South West. The warnings were for Friday and Saturday, causing the cancellation or postponement of a number of events.

Honiton Gate to Plate has been rescheduled and a new date is to be considered for the annual Honiton Duck Race. Elsewhere, Sidmouth Folk Festival’s programme suffered a blow when its fireworks display and torchlight procession were cancelled.

Wind speeds exceeded 50mph in some exposed locations and, while quieter today, they have only subsided in the past couple of hours.

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