Environment Agency warns of ‘deep flooding’ to roads in East Devon after heavy overnight rain

The Environment Agency (EA) on Friday (October 29) warned of deep flooding in areas of East Devon after a night over heavy overnight rain.

Rain falling into the River Clyst area on Thursday night into Friday morning caused water levels to rise, and prompted the EA to warn of flooding to roads.

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Floodwater between Broadclyst Station and Dog Village on Friday lunchtime.
Photo: East Devon News.

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Flooding at Broadclyst on Friday, October 29.
Photo: East Devon News.

The Environment Agency said there was ‘likely’ to be deep road flooding in the Burrow, Broadclyst Bridge, Clyston Mill, Dymond’s Farm and Sowton Barton areas and flooding to properties and farms between Clyst St. Mary and Topsham, including Newcourt Barton and Cotts Farm.

Broadclyst and Clyst St. Mary, including Ashclyst and Clyston Mill, have been included in the EA flood warning area.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said while river levels were expected to fall later on Friday, flood waters ‘may be deep and fast flowing in these areas’.

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A cyclist navigates floodwater between Broadclyst Station and Dog Village on Friday lunchtime.
Photo: East Devon News.

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Flooding at Broadclyst on Friday, October 29.
Photo: East Devon News.

The Environment Agency placed a flood alert on the Rivers Otter, Sid, and Exmouth area, including Lympstone, Budleigh Salterton, Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth, saying flooding to low-lying land was possible from Friday evening.

An EA spokesperson said: “Flooding is possible overnight Friday into Saturday. Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the Rivers Otter and Sid area and further rain is expected.

“This will mean that the Rivers Otter and Sid will rise. Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low-lying land and roads close to the river from Friday evening.

And flooding was expected in areas close to the River Axe, Coly, Yarty, Umborne Brook and coastal streams from Branscombe to Axmouth.

An EA spokesperson said: “Flooding is possible overnight Friday into Saturday. Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall over mid and east Devon and further rain is expected.”

The agency urged care was taken near swollen rivers, adding: “We expect rivers to remain high throughout the night into Saturday.”

Flooding to low-lying land in Stoke Cannon was likely overnight Friday into Saturday as a result of heavy rainfall in the Lower Exe area.

The EA said: “Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the River Exe area. This will mean that the River Exe will rise.

“Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river from Friday evening.

“We expect rivers to remain high throughout the night into Saturday.”

A River Exe flood alert, including the Nether Exe and Brampford Speke areas of East Devon, has been removed by the EA.

The agency said river levels had fallen but will ‘remain sensitive’ to further, expected, rainfall.

An EA spokesperson said: “The risk of flooding has now reduced, and rivers have fallen below levels of concern, but will remain sensitive to further rainfall.

“The heavy rainfall experienced overnight Thursday, 28 October, has cleared the area but further rain and showers are expected this afternoon and overnight.”

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