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Flood warnings for River Dart, Buckfastleigh, Totnes and Staverton

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

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Long Road, Paignton. Picture by JonPaul Hedge

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PARTS of South Devon were put on Flood Warning this morning by the Environment Agency.

Drivers were reporting flooded roads and problems with surface water at Long Road on the outskirts of Paignton and between Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh Knighton.

Traffic was delayed in Newton Abbot after a large tree branch came down on the A382 Exeter Road around the Whitehill Road junction.

The warning issued this morning said flooding was expected at Staverton on the River Dart, and at riverside locations between Buckfastleigh and Totnes this morning and this afternoon.

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Locations said to be particularly at risk include Riverside and Netherton Cottages, Staverton Bridge and the Town Mills area of Staverton.

The EA says the River Dart has reached its 'Flood Warning' criteria according to a gauge at Austins Bridge.

Meanwhile, an alert issued this morning covered the Rivers Teign, Bovey and Lemon, and coastal streams from Babbacombe to Kenton.

Low-lying land and roads were expected to be affected during the day today.

Earlier alerts issued last night covered Totnes, Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Dartmouth and Torbay, the Rivers Avon, Erme and Harbourne, coastal streams from Bigbury to Dartmouth, and the Kingsbridge, South Brent and Ivybridge areas.

The EA said heavy rain overnight over Dartmoor would mean rivers draining the moor were likely to react early this morning.

Rain was expected to continue throughout today.

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