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Weekend rain brings more flood misery

10:44 26 November 2012

This car got into trouble at the Iron Bridge turnoff near Honiton. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 4652-47-12TI To order your copy of this photo go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

This car got into trouble at the Iron Bridge turnoff near Honiton. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 4652-47-12TI To order your copy of this photo go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Roads are blocked and homes are threatened as rivers burst their banks across East Devon

Relentless heavy rain brought more flooding misery to parts of East Devon over the weekend.

Across the region fire crews were called to 550 incidents in just 24 hours – 51 involving vehicles stuck in floodwater.

At Axminster the River Axe broke its banks and transformed the valley fields into a lake.

Trafalgar Way, on the old A35, was closed to traffic with fast flowing water ripping up pavements and part of the road surface there.

The Axe also burst its banks at the bottom of Castle Hill and throughout the rains the road was impassable on several occasions near Weycroft Bridge, on the road to Chard.

The highway to Stockland, at Taunton Cross, was also blocked on several occasions when a drain became clogged.

At Colyton the overflowing river brought flooding to the area around the old Bear pub and Cownhayne Lane was still under water on Monday.

Police said the worst flooding coincided with the high tides but fortunately there had been no reports of anyone getting stuck in the waters.

St John Ambulance volunteers at Axminster were on standby throughout the week-end.

Divisional Officer Bryan Ball told The Herald: “I would like to thank all the members who remained on standby on Thursday and over the weekend during the recent floods in order to be available should the need have arisen.

“This is a task they have already done twice this year due to the unpredictable British weather. As people are aware, members of St John are all volunteers and selflessly give up their time to help their local community.”

Residents in Honiton and the surrounding villages also took a battering with the deluge of rain over the weekend and last week.

However, much of the town appears to have escaped relatively unscathed.

Firefighters were called to Salisbury Close in Feniton to perform a rescue from water on November 24, at 10.13pm.

Last week there was flooding reported across East Devon at the Iron Bridge turnoff and at Ottery Road, Feniton. Langford Bridge at Dunkeswell was deemed impassable.

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