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South West braced for another soaking – and more floods

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 26, 2012

Water from the swollen River Clyst was just short of the top of flood defence banks at Clyst St Mary, near Exeter, yesterday

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The Westcountry is bracing itself for another deluge this morning as a weather front which delivered a miserable start of the week starts to bounce back.

The slow moving low pressure system created havoc on Monday morning, forcing the cancellations of trains, flooded roads and powers cuts.

However the Met Office has warned that bad weather isn't over yet as the belt of heavy, sometimes torrential, showers ricochets back towards the West.

Dan Williams, spokesman for the Exeter-based organisation, said a yellow warning had been issued for the region.

"The persistent rain will start to give way, but this will be replaced by a band of very heavy, sometimes torrential showers," he said.

"It won't be the widespread rain that happened on Sunday. The weather system is weakening and as a result the band of rain will be broken up into heavy showers."

The forecast is up to 3in (80mm) of rain for parts of the South West over the next 48 hours.

Mr Williams said kinks in the troublesome jet stream – the unusual position of which was blamed for this summer's atrocious weather – were at the root of the problem.

"Normally we would expect to see the weather come in from the west and head out from the east because of the jet stream," he said.

"But the jet stream has kinked and the weather system has got stuck in a trough, banked around and not gone away."

The forecast will depress communities in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset which have only just begun to dry out after the Monday morning downpour.

The Environment Agency last night had issued 13 flood alerts which were being reviewed frequently.

A spokesman said: "The situation is being monitored as we are aware the ground is already quite saturated."

The Environment Agency said the Teign, Dart, Exe, Otter, Axe and Torridge rivers could be affected by the rain.

The Yealm, Tamar and Tavy rivers might also start to rise, the agency has warned.

Mainline rail services which had been disrupted due to flooding were operating normally again yesterday.

A spokesman for First Great Western said the flooding between Tiverton and Taunton which brought services to a standstill had subsided and as a result trains were running normally.

The Met Office said the weather would begin to improve for the rest of the week although conditions would remain changeable.

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