Flood alerts issued as Environment Agency deploys staff to district

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for areas across East Devon, and says it has staff in the area checking and clearing blockages.

It is warning people in affected areas to be prepared. Road users are also being urged to exercise caution. Low lying land near the rivers Axe, Otter and Sid are among those being cited as at risk of flooding.

In an update issued this afternoon, the Agency said flooding is possible in the early hours of tomorrow (Sunday, September 29).

Referring to areas around the River Axe, an alert stated: “Heavy rainfall is expected from Saturday afternoon until the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Levels suggest that there could be flooding to low lying land and roads close to rivers. Further rain is forecast for Monday and Tuesday which will cause river levels to remain high.

“Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and the potential for flood warnings. We have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages.”

The same alert has been issued for the River Otter, River Sid and areas in Exmouth.

Currently, there are 34 flood alerts in place for Devon and five flood warnings.

If your property or business is in an area prone to flooding, you can sign up for free flood warnings here.

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