Environment

Plea to take care on Devon’s roads following weather warning

Photo of car in floodwater

Posted on: 17 December 2020

A warning has been issued advising people to be aware of the possibility of localised flooding on the county’s roads throughout tomorrow and into Saturday morning.

Devon County Council’s highways teams are standing by to deal with any issues that may arise from the heavy rain and strong winds that are forecast from tomorrow, and it will signal the start of an unsettled period over the next few days.

Gusty winds are expected to continue into the first half of next week, before conditions turn drier and colder.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Weather Warning for heavy rain from 7am tomorrow morning until the early hours of Saturday morning. Around 30mm of rain could fall across widespread areas of the county, with the possibility of up to 40mm on higher ground such as Dartmoor, and winds will also pick up, with potential for gusts of around 60mph.

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Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “We are heading into a spell of unsettled weather and, having already had a lot of rain recently, the ground is saturated and we could see localised flooding on some roads. Gale force winds could also cause some disruption if trees are blown onto the highway. We would urge everyone to keep an eye on conditions, and please take extra care if you are travelling on Devon’s roads.”

Devon County Council is reminding people of the following advice:

• Avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential as roads will always be more hazardous at night with poorer visibility;

• Be alert to fallen trees and branches, particularly on minor roads where they may not have been reported;

• When the wind is at its peak, consider if your journey is really necessary, and be alert to weather warnings;

• Never drive through floodwater or swollen flowing water, you don’t know how deep it is. Find an alternative route;

• Allow additional time for your journey;

• Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front;

• Drive with care and according to the conditions.

For more information and travel advice from Devon County Council visit www.devon.gov.uk/winter_travel or for updates on Twitter follow @DevonAlert

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