Heavy rainfall across the south west of England in autumn 2019  will have prompted the spread of invasive plants such as Japanese knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam, which can hitch a ride in floodwater to spread and take hold in new locations, warns Environet UK .
Homeowners who live near watercourses, particularly those in areas hit by severe flooding in recent months...
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is asking residents to heed warnings not to enter floodwater, as it could put themselves and others at risk.
Fire crews were called to several incidents where vehicles were stuck in floodwater to carry out rescues over the festive period. On 3 January, a cyclist was rescued in Newton Abbot after getting into difficulty near a swollen river...
Almost five million people in England are at risk of flooding. As well as checking flood risk, people can also find out what to do if a flood happens and how to reduce risk to their personal safety and property.
The website also includes practical advice on how to prepare for flooding, such as moving treasured possessions upstairs and having important documents easily to hand.
Council plan to reduce flood risk to properties Thousands of homes and businesses will have their flood risk reduced with the potential work Devon County Council is involved in delivering over the coming years.
Devon County Council’s Cabinet will be asked next week (Wednesday 11 March) to approve the flood risk action plan for the coming financial year.
As winter approaches, the Environment Agency is urging people across the West Country to be prepared for possible flooding.
Last winter was the wettest for nearly 250 years and around 6,000 properties flooded across the country. Among the worst hit was Somerset, where, in some areas, people were evacuated from their homes and whole communities suffered major flood damage and disruption...
The UK must make “difficult choices” between protecting towns or countryside from future flooding according to Environment Agency boss, Lord Smith.
Lord Smith argued that there was no “bottomless purse” for flood defences and that current guidance which gives priority to lives and homes “involves tricky issues of policy and priority: town or country, front rooms or farmland?”