Rain easing , but flood warnings remain in place for South West

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By PGStrange | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 20:19

ALTHOUGH THE RAIN is easing this evening, there are still 37 flood warnings in place across the South West region and the police are advising the public not to travel unless absolutely necessary. A number of roads have been closed by flooding and fallen trees, while rail links to London and Bristol have also been affected…

It was a grim picture today across much of the South West as the severe weather and high winds continued to cause havoc. A part of Plymouth city centre had to be cordoned off because of tiles falling off a building, while the ceremony to mark the Christmas lights switch-on – due to take place this evening – had to be cancelled. A similar Christmas lights ceremony in Exeter has also been postponed.

Rail services have been extremely disrupted, due to the main line being flooded between Exeter and Taunton. Buses are replacing services between Taunton and Exeter, and Bristol and Plymouth.

At one stage the Tamar Bridge was also closed to high-sided vehicles.

Latest South Devon road incidents from Devon County Council (6pm):

Road from Bovey Tracey to Manaton: large steel container has fallen off a lorry into the road, which is likely to remain closed until tomorrow

A386 Mount Tavy Road, Tavistock, closed due to large unsafe trees

Yesterday's incidents

Incidents reported yesterday in South Devon included:

Hollicombe: roads blocked by puddles

Kingskerswell: flooding at properties

Higher Ringmore: flooding at properties

Newton Abbot: traffic delayed after a large tree branch came down on the A382 Exeter Road around the Whitehill Road junction.

Newton Abbot: delays in the morning on St Marychurch Road between Newton Abbot and Torquay

Paignton (Clennon Valley): roads blocked by puddles

Stoke Gabriel: approach to the town flooded, with water

Stokeinteignhead: flooding at properties

Teignmouth: minor landslide at Higher Exeter Road

Torquay: Rathmore Road, blocked by puddles; water on Avenue Road, Babbacombe Road, Dartmouth Road and Torbay Road

Totnes: reports of fish flapping about on the pavement as garden ponds overflowed

For live updates on the road conditions in South Devon, go to Emergency services kept busy as widespread flooding hits South Devon



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