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...

WARNING as strong winds and heavy rain set to batter Devon

Authored by News Desk

Police are advising people to take extra care on Monday 8 February after the Met Office issued an amber weather warning of very strong winds.

Heavy rain and strong winds with gusts of between 60 and 70 mph are likely from 3am on Monday morning.

As a result, traffic disruption is expected due to fallen trees and flooded roads.

Motorists are asked to drive carefully,...

More rain on the way

Authored by News Desk

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...

WARNING: Severe weather to hit Devon

Authored by Mary

A weather warning for strong winds has been issued for the South West.

An unseasonably windy spell is likely across many parts of the UK later today (Monday), overnight and well into Tuesday, as active frontal systems sweep across the UK.

An initial swathe of southerly gales will move east across many parts later on Monday, giving gusts to 50 mph widely but 60-65 mph across...

Waterfront set to resurface

Authored by Mary

One of last year’s most enduring images captured the moment a much-loved Plymouth watering hole was almost wiped from the map, as waves driven by the fiercest storm in living memory swept clean through the Waterfront Pub and Eating House and took most of the fixtures and fittings back out to sea with them.

The sheer weight of the water that pulverised the Waterfront led many experts to...

Ground-shaking research into the power of winter storms

Authored by Mary

The violent winter storms that rocked the country in 2014 had the power to physically shake cliffs to a degree in excess of anything recorded previously, say marine scientists.

A team at Plymouth University used seismometers, laser scanners and video cameras to evaluate the impact of the massive waves – up to 8 metres high – that struck the cliffs in Porthleven, West Cornwall, during...

Record number of flood defence repairs in Devon

Authored by George Dawson

After the exceptional rainfall and storms of last winter, the Environment Agency has completed a record number of repairs to flood and coastal defences across Devon and Cornwall and is urging communities to make sure they are ready if flooding happens this year.

As well as repairing flood defences, the Environment Agency has improved resilience to flood defences and in some areas,...

Storms continue to batter Devon

Authored by Mary

As storms continue to batter Devon, a more severe amber warning has been issued for wind by the Met Office.

Southerly gales are expected to affect the region during today as a small low pressure centre moves north generating an area of severe gales within its circulation. Gusts of 50-60 mph are possible inland and as much as 75 mph along exposed coasts.

The public should be...

Video: Amazing Timelapse of Dawlish rail repairs

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

Today officially marks the one-month anniversary of the closure of the South West’s main rail link after line at Dawlish was left in tatters by extreme storm damage on 4 February.

The closure has badly hit the South West’s economy as businesses face severe disruption to their normal activity.

The region’s tourist industry thought to have been hot particularly badly seeing...

Council calls on South West to put pressure on Government

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

The leader of a Devon council is calling on people across the South West to write to their MPs and ask for Westminster to prioritise investment in the Westcountry’s rail network.

Plymouth City Council’s Labour leader, Tudor Evans, has asked that people across the South West play their part by helping to keep the pressure on government while a motion is put to the authority’s full...