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More rain to come in Devon and Cornwall this weekend say weathermen

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 06, 2012

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Westcountry communities have been warned of the risk of more flooding as bands of heavy rain sweep in over the weekend.

Almost an inch of rain fell in many areas of Devon and Cornwall overnight from Thursday to Friday with Chivenor (23.8mm) and Camborne (23mm) being the wettest places in the two counties.

Up to 30mm was expected to fall last night, with the possibility of up to 40mm on higher ground, while further heavy prolonged rain is forecast late on Sunday.

The Met Office issued a warning for rain in the South West last night, and there was another warning of heavy rain for Sunday night.

A spokesman for the Met Office warned it would be "very wet and unpleasant" on Sunday into Monday when the rain hit, but added that Saturday was likely to be dry and cloudy with some sunny spells.

Because the ground is already saturated following recent storms and one of the wettest summers on record, the rain could lead to more flooding, and people are being urged to remain vigilant for the possibility of floods.

The Environment Agency also warned of localised flooding with surface water affecting land and roads.

The agency also warned: "Further prolonged heavy rain on Sunday may result in more significant disruption over parts of South West England and Wales, such as flooding of communities and travel disruption."

Some rivers could flood over the next few days and the Environment Agency expects to issue flood warnings and alerts for rivers.

A spokesman for the agency in the South West said there was some still uncertainty over the path of the rain and its intensity and that alerts would be issued "as and when appropriate".

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