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PICTURES: Homes and properties flooded across Devon

By EGaskarth  |  Posted: December 22, 2012

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Heavy rain overnight has caused widespread flooding across Devon, causing misery for home and business owners just before Christmas.

There are now two severe flood warnings in place for the River Caen at Braunton, meaning there is a danger to life.

The Fire Service said since 2.30am it has received over 130 calls covering incidents in Barnstaple, Croyde, Braunton, Wrafton, Bideford, Plymouth, Plymstock, Plympton, Camels Head, Greenbank, Colebrook, Ivybridge, Lee Mill, Smithaleigh, Laira, Newnham, Goosewell, Yealmpton, Holbeton, Kingsbridge and the Modbury area.

Crews assisted home owners for flooding inside their properties ranging from 5 inches to 3 foot.

In the village of Colebrook, near Plymouth, seven homes were evacuated overnight and in Plympton 15 people were forced to move after the Long Brook burst its banks.

A number of people also had to be moved from homes in Averton Gifford.

The village of Croyde is currently cut off to all but specialist vehicles after a stream burst its banks. 

Hannah Collins, 30, speaking from South Street in Braunton, said: "Well it's flooding down South Street and Gubbins Lane. The Mariners is flooded and it's all pretty chaotic. Everyone is on hand helping each other out. Sand bags ahoy!"

The British Surf Museum in Braunton tweeted a warning saying "village centre under five feet of water".

Surface water is causing hazardous conditions on roads across the county, with drivers being urged not to drive into flood water as you cannot gauge what is underneath. 

Police said the A361 from Barnstaple to Braunton and from Ilfracombe to Braunton is closed due to flooding and asked motorists to avoid the area.

Saunton Road in Braunton is reported to be closed in both directions due to flooding. 

At Landcross the A386 is partially blocked and just passable between the A388 and B3227 at Limer's Hill due to a landslip.

Rail services between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple are suspended in both directions, with no replacement road transport available, according to First Great Western.

The operator said trains are unable to operate between Taunton and Plymouth and therefore, services from Penzance, Plymouth, Exeter St Davids towards Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington will terminate at Plymouth and start from Taunton until further notice.

Services from London Paddington towards Exeter St Davids and the West of England will terminate at Taunton and be started again from Plymouth until further notice.

A spokesman said: "A very limited road transport operation is currently in place between Taunton, Exeter St Davids and Plymouth, this is being hampered by flooded roads and only a limited number of vehicles being available."

Further updates to follow.

Email your pictures of North Devon flooding to eleanor@journalist.com 

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