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Flood warning in Devon after heavy rain

By Jon_Bayley  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

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Heavy rain and high winds have left parts of the South West under the threat of flooding.

The River Erme, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge and Salcombe, including coastal streams from Bigbury to Dartmouth, and Kingsbridge, South Brent and Ivybridge, are all at risk of flooding, say the Environment Agency.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: "flood alert remain in force as further rain is forecast late into Friday afternoon. Scattered and blustery showers are expected on Saturday through to Monday with some heavy bursts throughout this period. Winds forecast for this weekend remain strong with gusts up to Force 8."

Torquay's seafront was closed this morning after flooding.

A combination of high tide and strong winds forced the closure of the seafront road at Livermead, Torquay.

Drivers making their way through back roads in Preston and Shiphay were causing long tailbacks.

Rail services were also disrupted by flooding at Dawlish, with no trains running between Newton Abbot and Exeter for a while and buses taking passengers instead.

Torbay councillor Mike Morey wrote on Twitter: "Sea Front closed in Torquay closed due to strong winds and high tides. In Brixham, we are all on the beach basking in a heat wave!"

The seafront road was reopened at 11am.

Around 30 commercial properties were flooded overnight in Looe, south Cornwall, as a band of heavy rain swept in from the Atlantic.

Forecasts suggest winds are expected to drop down to 20-25mph in the South West.

Culdrose in west Cornwall received the most rain, with 0.8in (21mm) falling in the last 18 hours, while Berry Head in Devon saw the strongest winds, with gusts of 49mph recorded at 8am on Friday morning.

Central Park in Plymouth was partially flooded in some areas and Vaughan Road n Exeter was flooded and closed intil midday today.

Marsh Barton also saw some flooding with a deep puddle under the railway bridge off Alphington.

Surface water was also reported on the B3181 between Broadclyst and Budlake, the A38 at South Brent and the A361 Barnstaple to Braunton, outside the Tarka Inn.

Polcie say Burrow Bridge at Broadclyst is flooded and impassable, with one vehicle stuck in the water.

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