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Floods latest: ‘Drive with caution’

11:37 21 November 2012




Devon County Council is warning people to drive with caution on the county’s roads following torrential rain this morning (Wednesday, November 21).

Heavy rain has hampered travel on roads right across Devon with several routes being closed or made impassable by conditions.

Before 8am this morning, the A3052 was closed at Bowd Inn near Sidmouth and diversions were set up, Woolbrook Road in Sidmouth was impassable, the A3072 was closed at Bickleigh Bridge and from North Tawton to Bow, and the A377 was closed at Cowley Hill. The B3181 at Hayhouse, Broadclyst, was impassable, as was Langford Bridge at Honiton, and the Totnes to Avonwick road. There were also two large landslips on the B3192 near Teignmouth Golf Club.

The following roads remain closed;

Five Lanes, Compton Marldon

New Road, Bittern Park Road, Combe Vale Road, A379 Reed Vale in Teignmouth

B3121 Ermington

Vaughan Road near to the Labour Club in Exeter

A number of other roads were also affected by flooding and surface water but are open to traffic including:

B3179 - Clyst St George cars stuck leading to queuing traffic on the A376

A382 Whiddon Down

Chudleigh Knighton - Kingsteignton

A375 Cotford and Weycroft Bridge

A385 Shinners Bridge to Marley Head - both directions

A361 Gornhay Cross, Tiverton both carriageways

Halsdon Road and St. Johns Road Exmouth

Clyst Road, Topsham

Harrington Lane, Exeter

The road past Darts Farm, Clyst St. George

Warren Road, Dawlish

A380 Olchard Lane Ideford

B3193 Finlake

A3072 No Man’s Land, Shobrooke.

Brickyard Lane and Staplake Road, Starcross

Lincombe Cross to Bradridge Cross, Dipford

The road from Whiddon Cross, Abbotskerswell

The road past Tower Court, Dunchideock

The road from West Lodge to Stag Cross, Willand

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “I would urge people to drive with extreme caution if they are travelling in Devon today. We have again been hit by torrential rain which has caused major disruption in parts of the county so I would ask everyone to bear with us. Our highways teams are working flat out to re-open roads but it may take some time to get the county moving again. It would appear that the worst of the severe weather has now passed, but a number of roads may take a while to re-open.”

As well as roads being closed, a number of schools have also been closed, either due to flooding on access roads or staff not being able to reach the school.

Among those confirmed as closed are Membury Community School, Clyst Hydon Primary School, Sidbury Primary, Tipton St John Church Of England Primary School, Otterton Church Of England Primary School, Bassetts Farm Primary School at Exmouth, Broadhembury Church of England Primary, Stokeinteignhead School and Seaton Primary School. Sidmouth Primary School was closed this morning but will be open this afternoon

Flood warnings are in place on the Rivers Exe, Axe, Otter, Culm, Coly, Teign and Yarty.

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