Roads update – Improving picture as Devon clears up after storm

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Posted on: 28 October 2013

An improving picture as rain and wind move off to the east of the county, but localised flooding due to leaf fall blocking drains will remain a hazard.

Highways teams across the county have had a busy night and morning dealing with severe winds and heavy rain, which have left fallen trees and much debris across the county’s road network.

81 trees were reported down, including many on the major A roads.

Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police are advising road users to remain vigilant throughout the day.

While the A-roads are the priority to clear this morning,  drivers are reminded there may be incidents on minor roads not yet reported to the authorities, and therefore to proceed with care.

The Council’s advice is not to drive through flood water, or fords with heightened flows.

The latest road status this morning:

In North Devon, The River Bray has burst its banks causing flooding on the B3227 and the B3226 between South Molton and Umberleigh. These roads are currently closed.

The road is lifting on the A3072 between Highampton and Holsworthy due to flooding. Temporary traffic lights are in place.

The A385 in Rattery remains closed.

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.

The B3352 Pear Tree Cross to Holne Bridge is now clear.

Tree surgeons are busy clearing a tree on Exeter’s New North Road.  Specialist lifting gear means that the road remains closed.

The A380 Splatford Split is being cleared.

Luscombe Hill in Dawlish is closed due to trouble with power lines

Hamlin Lane in Exeter is closed due to a fallen tree, and a tree surgeon is expected on site soon.

There are traffic problems on the A381 Standborough Cross, due to the local conditions.

Tree surgeons are busy with four trees on Pensylvania Road, Exeter.

Debris on the footpath caused by damage to a wall along the Strand in Lympstone means that the footway there remains closed.

Brayford Bridge, running through Brayford Village is closed due to flooding.

The A386 Little Torrington near to Rosemore Garden Centre has flooding, but is passable with care.

The A386 Merton to Meeth road has lifted due to flood water and is operating with temporary traffic lights.

The A377 Fortescue Cross, Kings Nympton is closed while a large tree is cleared

The river has burst at Bray Mill Bridge on the B3227

River banks have also burst on the B3226 Clapworthy, closing the road.

A tree fallen on the footway at Hill Barton Road in Exeter should be cleared very soon

A team is working to clear a fallen tree on the footway at Renslade House, Whipton.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Maintenance and flood prevention, 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 breaking distances.

“It’s also important that people make sure they are up to date with the latest flood and weather warning information, which can be found on the Environment Agency’s website, and via the Met Office. Its also a good idea to listen to local radio stations for weather updates and the latest travel information.”

Met Office weather warnings for the South West are issued online. 

Further information and advice about the weather, including the details of agencies involved in dealing with the impacts of severe weather, can be found on the Met Office website.

The Environment Agency flood warnings for the South West are online.

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