Flood clean-up underway in North Devon

A399 landslip

Posted on: 22 January 2018

A major clean-up operation is underway in North Devon following localised flooding over the weekend.

Dozens of roads were closed yesterday (Sunday 21 January) due to flooding, and around 10 properties in Kentisbury Grange also had to be evacuated.

Among the roads closed included the B3226 at South Molton, A388 Clawton, A39 Sherwell, and A361 at Bishmill, Gornhay and Landkey. There were also landslips on the A399 near Combe Martin, B3230 at Bittadon/Muddiford and at Willingcott Hill, near Woolacombe.

Although the weather has improved, Devon County Council is continuing its efforts to clear debris and re-open roads where possible.

The A399 at Easter Close Cross, heading towards Combe Martin, remains closed after a landslip damaged safety fencing, leaving a shear drop exposed.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “The floods at the weekend have been devastating for some communities, particularly for those people evacuated from their homes. We’ve seen local people helping each other during this extreme event, and there was an extremely professional response to this emergency by all of the agencies involved.

“Our teams are attempting to scout the area across North Devon to assess the extent of the damage and get roads re-open, but North Devon remains open for business as usual. The County Council will also be investigating to see whether any structures have been affected, particularly along the A399. There are no reports of damaged bridges at this time but some of the damage might not come to light straight away. We would urge road users to take care when out and about in case they come across any problems which may not have been reported as yet.”

For updates on Twitter follow @DevonAlert.

An investigation report will be produced over the coming months by Devon County Council’s Flood Risk Management team to understand the source and extent of flooding. Anyone who has suffered internal flooding can report the incident, either by calling 01392 383000 and ask for Flood Risk, or via the website at https://www.devon.gov.uk/floodriskmanagement/who-to-contact-if-you-experience-flooding/

1 comment on “Flood clean-up underway in North Devon

  1. mr pat nolan says:

    what about minor roads ie. the road through Prixford Guineaford, Metcombe Cross
    flooded in 3 places at least on27/1/18 this road is heavily used but totally ignored by the council, We pay our council tax & expect some benefit from it.
    When the B3230 was closed for a long period last year this road was at times nose to tail & needs to be properly maintained so it can cope in the future,remember not everyone lives in Exeter.

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