Login Register

UPDATES: Disruption and transport problems in Devon as wind batters region

By Jon_Bayley  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

  • Main Flooding from the fields on the left (Darts) across the road towards the river

Comments (0) High winds and the heavy rain are causing problems, delays and disruption in Devon - for the second day running.Roads and rail services have fallen victim to the high winds and localised flooding.Exeter's Christmas lights switch has been postponed after high winds and heavy rain.The city council and Princesshay have taken the decision due to the exceptional weather circumstances and the safety of spectators and participants.The event has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Friday 23rd November from 4.30pm in Princesshay Square. Live entertainment will feature on stage from 4.30pm, with the lights being switched on by the Lympstone Military Wives Choir and Michael Caines at 6.15pm. Visitors will be able to entertainment through to 8pm in Princesshay including live bands as well as the launch of Exeter’s Christmas Market on the Cathedral Green from 6.30pm.John Harvey, Exeter City Centre Manager said, “We’ve had to take the decision to cancel as the weather forecast is just too wet and windy to continue safely. It’s disappointing for all those that have worked so hard to put the event and programme of entertainment together but we hope everyone will join us tomorrow night to celebrate the countdown to Christmas.”The Tamar Bridge was been closed to high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes because of the high winds.The bridge reopened at about 4.30pm.Gusts of up to Gale Force 8 or between 60mph and 70mph are expected to hit Plymouth today.The wind has already seen the cancellation of the stage entertainment and official switch-on of Plymouth's Christmas lights tonight.It comes after a day of heavy rain yesterday flooded a number of roads and properties, seriously disrupting traffic across the city.Some buses were also badly disrupted.The Environment Agency and Met Office have weather and flood warnings in place for Devon and Somerset today.

This video from the Environment Agency shows measures being put in place to prevent further flooding in Clyst St Mary.Up to 60mm or 5ins of rain is forecast for some areas - with 50 flood warnings in place across the South West.On the A30 at Sourton wind blew over a Land Rover towing a trailer.The crash blocked both lanes of thew A30 at 11.30am. Police say nobody was injured and the road is now passable.A recovery vehicle is on route to remove the Land Rover and its trailer.Rail commuters are also facing delays.First Great Western passengers in Devon and Cornwall have been advised not to start journeys to and from London because of flooding affecting lines in Devon. Buses are replacing services between Exeter and Taunton, and Plymouth and Bristol.Passengers at Exeter St Davids station faced disruption as trains to Yeovil Junction were cancelled, while replacement buses to Taunton extended journey times by up to two hours.There were delays of up to 90 minutes between Swindon and Bristol Parkway after trains were diverted due to flooding. Some services from London Paddington to south west stations were cancelled, while flooding caused disruption in Totnes, Tiverton Parkway, Weston-super-Mare and Westbury areas.CrossCountry trains cancelled its service between Plymouth and Bristol.Replacement buses were being run between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton via Weston-super-Mare. Gdynia Way was been closed while firefighters pumped out flood water. The closure of the major route in and out of Plymouth has came after heavy rain began lashing the city at around 4pm.It was reopened at around 8pm.

Video uploaded to YouTube by CazBub

A bridge over the River Culme between Exeter and Cullompton has collapsed. The bridge, near the B3181 at Bradninch, is not a main route, say police.Devon Highways Agency are aware.Station Approach near the centre of Plymouth has been closed to traffic and pedestrians because of a loose roof, damaged by the wind.

Police reporting that electric cables have come down across road at Nymet Rowland near Crediton. Electricy in the area is reportedly down and Western Power are on route.In Salcombe, a tree has fallen at Moult Hill.Police are on the scene and placing out road closuresA power cable has come down at Steer Point in Brixton near Plymouth. EDF have been made aware and police are on the way to assess the situation.The A361 North Devon link road at Tiverton is closed in both directions between the A396 Bolham Road junction and the A396 Heathcoat Way junction due to heavy flooding.Police have also reported a dangerously hanging tree about to fall on Cowley Bridge Road near King Edward Studios.In Plymouth Forder Valley Road is blocked due to flooding.There is heavy traffic in the area and police are directing traffic.Stop boards and a temporary dam are in place on the Grand Western Canal and holding back water after yesterday's catastrophic breach, engineers have said.Devon County Council opened the road which runs between Halberton and Sampford Peverell this evening, around 24 hour after it was shut because of fears another leak might flood houses in the village.Yesterday a large section of the embankment on the north side of the canal came away, draining a two-mile stretch of the waterway into fields. Workers were seen using a crane to lower several tonnes of earth into the canal earlier today to create a dam.The council said this evening that stop boards at Manley Bridge and the additional damming on the other side of the breach are nowsecure and not leaking - isolating the breached section.The water level in the lagoon to the Tiverton side of the remaining embankment is dropping slowly. Access to the breach in the embankment along the towpath has been sealed off, as this area is still unstable.It is thought that hundreds of fish and other marine life has been affected by the incident. There are also fears that the lagoon will have to be drained before repairs can be carried out.Engineers are due to reassess the situation in the morning.

Large operation mounted to stabilise Grand Western Canal banks in Halberton after extensive flood damage

PICTURES: Devon and Cornwall hit by flooding misery with more heavy rain on the way

Tamar Bridge closed to high-sided vehicles as wind batters Plymouth

PICTURES: Grand Western Canal bank collapses under weight of water

Plymouth pub badly flooded days after finishing £100,000 refit

PICTURES: Flooding in Budeligh Salterton

GALLERY: Heavy rain causes flooding across Devon

PICTURES: Devon floods: Tamerton Foliot under water, major roads closed

GALLERY: Flooding in Dawlish and Starcross area

Read more from Western Morning News

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters