Monday, October 28, 2013
The outlook for Devon is improving after last night’s storms but there are still risks from localised flooding.
Highways teams have set to work across the county, dealing with 81 fallen trees, including many across major A-roads.
Devon County Council (DCC) and the Devon and Cornwall police force are advising road users to remain vigilant and warning that there may be incidents that have not been reported.
Drivers are recommended not to drive through flood water, or fords with heightened flows.
The latest road status this morning:
• On the A375 between the Hare and Hounds pub and Sidbury, several trees down have caused disruption. Tree surgeons are attending a large tree, fallen at Pen Hill. The road is currently closed but will reopen by lunchtime.
• Debris on the footpath caused by damage to a wall along the Strand in Lympstone means that the footway there remains closed.
DCC highways and flooding chief Stuart Hughes, said: “Highways teams have been out all through the night responding to incidents as they’ve occurred.
“Our priority now that the wind and rain have moved on is to deal with the disruption to the priority road network, to get that clear as quickly as possible.
“We’re asking drivers to remain cautious, especially as it starts to get dark later this afternoon, because there may be incidents not yet reported to us, and therefore may still be potentially hazardous.
“Don’t drive too fast, and avoid driving through flood water. There may be potholes underneath surface water which present a hidden danger so drivers need to be aware of those and also of increased braking distances.”
He advised keeping up to date with the latest from the Environment Agency and the Met Office, and getting travel information from local radio stations.
How have you been affected by the storm? Call the Sidmouth Herald news desk on 01392 888500, the Exmouth Journal on 01392 888505, or the Midweek Herald on 01392 888485.