East Devon told ‘be prepared’ as heavy rainfall and weather warnings prompt flood alerts

Flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency for parts of East Devon as a result of today’s heavy rainfall and yellow weather warnings expected to last into Friday.

Those living near the Rivers Otter and Sid, Lower Exe area, River Clyst and River Axe have been told ‘be prepared’ because flooding is possible.

The Environment Agency (EA) said river levels were forecast to rise across East Devon as a result of today’s (Wednesday) heavy rainfall. Rain will continue overnight into Thursday, and is predicted by the Met Office to last until early Friday morning.

The EA said up to 50mm of rain was likely to collect in many areas of East Devon, and up to 90mm could accumulate over south-facing hills.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said river levels were being constantly monitored and staff were checking and clearing blockages.

The spokesperson said: “Overall accumulation of rain on saturated ground means we expect river levels to remain high for the coming days.”

 

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