Flooding expected in Exeter with locals urged to 'act now'

A flood warning is in place in East Devon
A flood warning is in place in East Devon -Credit:The Environment Agency

A further flood warning has been issued on the outskirts of Exeter following a barrage of heavy rain. The Environment Agency (EA) has warned residents in Exeter and East Devon to "act now" as "flooding is expected".

The latest update joins a number of alerts and warnings already in place across the county. It comes after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in Devon and the wider region overnight and into this morning (Thursday, May 2).

The EA has now warned of flooding around the River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St. Mary. Officials said that heavy downpours have caused water levels to rise and flooding is now possible to properties and low-lying areas.

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The warning area includes riverside locations and roads between Broadclyst and Clyst St. Mary, including Broadclyst, Ashclyst, Clyston Mill, Sowton Barton and Newcourt Barton. The A3052 at Clyst Honiton and the B3181 at Broadclyst are also included.

The EA said in an update at 12.33pm: "Flooding is expected this afternoon, Thursday 2nd May. Heavy rain falling in the East Devon area overnight and this morning has caused the River Clyst to rise.

"Flooding is possible to properties and low lying areas around Ashclyst Farm and Burrow Bridge, there is likely to be deep road flooding in the Burrow area, Broadclyst Bridge, Clyston Mill, Dymond's Farm, Sowton Barton and properties and farms between Clyst St. Mary and Topsham including Newcourt Barton and Cotts Farm.

"Flood waters may be deep and fast flowing in these areas. Residents are strongly urged to take action now. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings. We will be closely monitoring the situation throughout the day and this message will be updated as the situation changes."

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