Rain causes problems across Devon; Tavy on flood alert at Tavistock
By PGStrange | Monday, September 24, 2012, 14:18
HEAVY RAIN has caused problems for drivers across Devon, and there's a flood alert in place for the River Tavy at Tavistock. In addition there's an amber warning from the Met Office in force across the South West region until 4pm this afternoon, with the possibility of more rain to come on Wednesday...
Heavy rain has caused problems for drivers across Devon. In Tavistock, the Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the River Tavy
Drivers have been warned of hazardous conditions after nearly a month's rain fell in 24 hours. Yesterday conditions were very challenging across Devon, with driving rain and heavy spray to contend with. The Environment Agency put the River Tavy on a flood alert at Tavistock, saying that "river levels are expected to rise in response to the heavy rain".
The agency has also issued flood warnings on other Devon rivers, including the River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St Mary and the River Lowman in Tiverton, plus flood alerts on the Rivers Creedy, Creedy Yeo, Little Dart, Lapford Yeo and their tributaries the River Otter, the River Sid and the Middle River Exe from Exebridge to Tiverton and the Rivers Haddeo, Batherm and Lowman.
The agency has strongly recommended that people stay safe by staying away from swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.
On the railways, South West Trains, Cross Country and First Great Western had to suspend services due to flooding near Tiverton and Exeter.
The Met Office has said that conditions are expected to improve later, although more rain may be on the way for Wednesday.
Keep checking the Tavistock People weather for the latest updates.