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Heavy rain and high winds for Plymouth this weekend

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

Plymouth flooding after heavy rain

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Yet more flooding could hit homes and businesses in parts of Plymouth as forecasters warn of heavy rain over the weekend.

The Met Office said 40mm of rain was set to fall across the city today with more to come tomorrow and Monday, raising fears that saturated ground and high river levels could lead to more damage and disruption.

High winds mean there are restrictions on the Tamar Bridge this morning. There are also a number of trees down across Devon.

There is also standing water on the A38 at Ivybridge.

A yellow warning of heavy rain is in place across Plymouth and the south west for today, tomorrow and Monday.

A Met Office spokesman said: “A spell of wet and very windy weather will affect the whole of the UK during Saturday.

“Western regions can then expect a period of persistent, heavy rain over high ground and the public should be aware of possible disruption due to localised flooding.”

Yesterday afternoon there were 77 flood warnings – meaning immediate action is required – and 187 flood alerts – meaning be prepared – in place across England and Wales.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “We are in a period of relative calm but the forecast suggests there is more bad weather on the way.

“Where required we have operational staff out working and monitoring the situation, so we are on the case 24/7.”

One property affected by flooding was Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s shop in Kingsbridge.

The shop will need to be gutted and completely re-fitted after it was filled with water on December 23.

Yesterday The Herald reported that this year is set to become the wettest on record in the UK.

Provisional figures show that just 1.8in, or 46mm, of rain is needed before New Year’s Eve for 2012 to be the wettest year since records began, with 43.1in, or 1,095mm, having already fallen since January 1.

Train passengers are expected to experience continued disruption across the rail network over the next few days after the main railway line in and out of the region was washed out over Christmas.

However, services between Plymouth and Penzance were yesterday back on schedule, and a stretch of track that had been shut between Exeter and Tiverton was also finally reopened. Meanwhile, bus operator National Express said it had added extra vehicles to keep people moving over the New Year period.

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