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Flood waters cause concern in South West

Environment Agency emergency teams were at Yealmpton on Saturday to help deal with flooding as a severe flood warning came into force for the River Yealm between Cornwood and Yealmpton.

The warning included Cornwood, Lee Mill, Yealmbridge and the A379 and B3186 roads. Warnings were first issued to properties in the area about flooding on Friday evening.

Environment Agency teams earlier deployed sandbags to increase the height of existing flood defences to keep the river within its channel. However, the defences were overtopped by the volume of water, with the river reaching a record high of 2.3m.

The Environment Agency deployed pumps in Yealmpton and is ready to help emergency services clear flood water from properties. Teams also worked through the Friday night in the area, and elsewhere across the country, to clear river blockages, monitor river levels and issue flood warnings.

Heavy rain will continue to affect parts of South West England today, especially Devon and Dorset, leading to the possibility of significant disruption from river and surface water flooding

  • On Saturday there was one Severe Flood Warning, 57 Flood Warnings and 150 Flood Alerts. By Monday morning this had been reduced to 14 Flood Warnings – still predominantly in the South West – and 89 Flood Alerts.

Readers' comments (1)

  • The Environment Agency is in a lose/lose situation. Whatever flood standard it defends against, the (x+1) flood might well occur next year. People really have to consider where the water will go when the ditch/stream/river nearby overflows its banks.

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