Miserable start to 2014 for East Devon

Flood scenes in Feniton. Flood scenes in Feniton.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
9:20 AM

Weather causes chaos in East Devon.

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The New Year has brought with it yet more rain and heavy winds which battered East Devon.

Two adults and a baby had to be rescued by firefighers at 10.20am on New Year’s Day from a car, which had become stuck in floodwater at Ford Bridge, Monkton, near Honiton.

Earlier on in the day two adults trapped in a car in rising floodwater at Fenny Bridges at 9.59am had to be rescued by fire service personnel in dry suits.

Crews from Honiton, Ottery St Mary and a special rescue team from Exeter attended the incidents.

Residents in Feniton were on high alert throughout the day with areas of the village affected by flooding.

On New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, December 31) a fire appliance from Honiton was sent to a report of a loose timber in a dangerous position on the roof of a property in High Street.

Crews on arrival at the scene on December 31, at 3.16pm, requested another fire engine with a longer ladder.

The timber was then removed using the longer ladder and a ceiling hook.

There have also been reports of the river bursting its banks at Colyton and flooding issues on the A3052 at Colyton.

Further flooding issues have been reported at the old A30, Iron Bridge, A30 at Yarcombe, and Tower Road, Honiton.

Environment Agency are also looking at the related potential problem of very high tidal waters backing up and exacerbating fluvial risk in locations such as Clyst St Mary and Axminster.

More showers are forecast tonight, some of which could be heavy.

Send your flood pictures and stories to Midweek Herald Reporter Katy Griffin at katy.griffin@archant.co.uk

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