Flood alert

PUBLISHED: 14:08 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

TOWNS and villages throughout the Axe Valley are preparing for the worst after the Environment Agency (EA) issued an emergency flood warning yesterday. Heavy rain has caused the Axe and Coly Rivers to swell to near bursting point and the EA has urged resi

TOWNS and villages throughout the Axe Valley are preparing for the worst after the Environment Agency (EA) issued an emergency flood warning yesterday.Heavy rain has caused the Axe and Coly Rivers to swell to near bursting point and the EA has urged residents who think they may be at risk to start taking precautions against the water.Axminster, Colyton, Colyford and Farway have been identified as areas particularly at risk.East Devon District and Axminster Town Councillor Douglas Hull said: "The EA has warned there will be a lot of extra rain in the Axe Valley over the coming days and most of that will run down through Axminster and Colyton."If you go all the way around places like Membury and down through Chardstock, they all have possible flood problems with the weather and environment changing."Unfortunately, a lot of our drains in Axminster are blocked and inadequate and that will not help the problem."We have been asking the various agencies for action to be taken but still nothing has been done."The EA has issued a list of simple precautions you can take to safeguard your home and possessions against flooding.These include moving outdoor items such as dustbins or gardening equipment indoors or fixing them to a building, using silicone sealant around doors and windows, covering doors with sandbags and turning off gas, water and electricity at the mains. East Devon District and Axminster Town Councillor John Jeffery said: "It won't be long before we have a serious flood."For more information on how to safeguard against flooding, call the EA's Floodline on 0845 9881188 or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

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