Heavy rainfall in East Devon sparks flood alerts for areas near Rivers Axe and Clyst

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Heavy rainfall in East Devon over the last 24 hours has sparked flood alerts for areas around the River Axe and River Clyst.

The Environment Agency (EA) said flooding was possible on Sunday (November 15) with more rainfall expected in the afternoon.

Heavy rain has caused the Rivers Clyst and Culm and their tributaries to ‘rise steadily’, the EA said.

River levels are dropping on the River Axe, but still remain high, with ‘localised flooding to low lying land, roads, cycle paths and footways close to rivers, expected.’

An EA spokesperson said: “Flooding is possible within the River Axe area this afternoon.

“Over the last twenty-four hours we have seen rainfall in the River Axe area, with more rainfall expected this Sunday afternoon.

“River levels are dropping on the River Axe, but still remain high.

“Localised flooding to low lying land, roads, cycle paths and footways close to rivers is expected.”

The EA added: “No flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued.”

The spokesperson said the ground in many areas was totally saturated.

The EA said: “Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the Rivers Clyst and Culm.

“We expect the river to remain high throughout today though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued.

“Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.”

The EA said it was ‘constantly monitoring river levels’ and has staff in the area checking for, and clearing, blockages.

Water levels in the Withybridge area, near Broadclyst, were continuing to rise slowly, said the EA. Other areas are such as Ashclyst and Wood Mill were slowly dropping

River Axe water levels were reportedly falling, but still remain high, said the EA.

Falling river levels have resulted in the removal of earlier flood warnings from the lower River Axe, from Axminster to Axmouth and also the upper River Axe, from Winsham to Axminster, including Chard Junction and Weycroft.

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