Care on Devon roads urged as a weekend of heavy rain, strong winds and flooding expected

Road users are being asked to travel with care this weekend as heavy rain is forecast and flooding likely in several areas across Devon.

A Yellow Weather Warning is in place with heavy rain expected intermittently from mid-morning Friday, February 18 until midday Sunday, February 20.

Over the three days many areas will see between 10-20mm of rainfall, with as much as 150mm falling over the three days over Dartmoor, said Devon County Council (DCC).

And there is the potential for shorter, more intense, spells of rain almost anywhere.

Strong winds are also expected, with windspeeds on coasts and high ground up to 45-55mph, occasionally 60mph, with inland windspeeds closer to 35-45mph.

The conditions could make weekend driving conditions hazardous in some places, DCC has warned.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC’s cabinet member for highways management, said:

“Rain could cause localised surface flooding on roads and swollen rivers,  with the possibility of fallen trees.

“We’re asking people to remember not to attempt to drive through roads that have been temporarily closed, or floodwater, and to be aware of the increased likelihood of debris on the highway.

“Motorists should drive with caution and remember in wet conditions stopping distances will increase.

“Remember that we should be staying home, but if your journey is essential this weekend, for instance to get vaccinated or to go to work because you are unable to work from home,  allow extra time, and listen to traffic reports.

“Highways team will be responding to highway emergencies around the clock throughout the weekend.”

The council said rainfall on already saturated ground could cause flooding on some roads.

And sodden ground from previous rainfall may also increase the likelihood of fallen trees in some areas.

For more information and to stay up to date on any issues on Devon’s roads, follow @DevonAlert on Twitter.

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