Floods

Storm clear-up costs expected to rise

Authored by Mary

The repair and clear-up bill from Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara is expected to cost at least £200,000, according to early estimates from Devon County Council.

The authority is expecting that figure to rise as the clearance of several landslips continues and further damage is uncovered across the county.

It comes as the Grade Two Listed Austin’s Bridge at Buckfastleigh has had...

Devon braced for Storm Dennis

Authored by News Desk

Devon is bracing itself for another weekend of stormy conditions with the arrival of Storm Dennis this weekend (Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February).

A Yellow Warning for strong winds and rain across the whole of Devon has been issued by the Met Office for most of Saturday and Sunday, with an Amber Warning for heavy rain in the south of the county.

Devon County Council is...

Flood prevention scheme to get underway in Modbury

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A £1.1 million flood risk management scheme is due to start in Modbury early next month.

The scheme, which will control the flow of water through the drainage system in the town centre, will provide greater protection for more than 80 homes and businesses.

The minimum standard of protection will be from a 1 in 75 year flood event, and up to the 1 in 100 year flood event for...

Devon on alert for heavy rain and flooding

Authored by Mary

Forecasters have issued a severe weather warning for Devon as a period of changeable and potentially disruptive weather heads for the UK.

Rain will become heavy and persistent at times during Tuesday and into Wednesday, and will be accompanied by south or southwesterly gales and possibly severe gales at times

The heaviest rain and strongest winds are likely to occur in two main...

Don't risk driving through floodwater

Authored by Mary

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...

More rain on the way

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The Met Office has issued another severe weather warning for Devon, as heavy and prolonged showers are set to return today.

The warning is valid until noon on Tuesday 5 January.

Some 5-10mm of rain could fall in an hour at times locally. Through the whole period of the warning an additional 10-20mm is expected quite widely across the area and very locally up to 40 mm, mainly...

Stay safe and remain vigilant during stormy weather

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Devon County Council is urging people to take care and remain vigilant as bad weather continues in the South West.

High winds and heavy rainfall have caused localised flooding and disruption on many of Devon’s roads, and motorists are being advised to take extra care.

People are also being urged to avoid coastal and river areas as the severe weather continues to cause water...

Sign up to be #floodaware

Authored by Mary

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.

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Majority fail to check flood risk levels

Authored by Mary

As we approach the anniversary of the June 2007 summer floods, people in Britain are still not checking the flood risk of their homes, in spite of increased incidents of flooding in recent years. 67% of respondents to a new YouGov survey, which was commissioned by the Know Your Flood Risk Campaign, reports that they had never checked the flood risk level of their home.

Those in the...

Council plan to reduce flood risk to properties

Authored by Mary

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.

The proposed Action Plan...

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