Sidmouth flooding latest

16:10 07 July 2012

The River Sid flood in the Byes, Sidmouth

The River Sid flood in the Byes, Sidmouth

Archant

Heavy rain overnight and this morning closed two of three roads into Sidmouth with both the raging rivers Sid and Otter bursting their banks and flooding scores of homes.

Parts of the Byes were submerged under several feet of water with park benches marooned as islands.

The ford was closed due to a raging torrent described as a “wall of water” by onlookers who had “never seen anything like it before”.

Both Woolbrook Road and Station Road were closed by police on Saturday morning due to flooding, leaving Sidford Road as the only passable route into town.

The fire brigade attended homes under water in Hamilton Close in Sidford to move furniture and put sand bags into place outside endangered homes in Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford

As of 2pm firefighters warned that many other homes were “on the verge” of becoming submerged and all they could do was “wait and see” and “offer advice and reassurance”.

Parts of the South West have experienced severe flooding following torrential rain.

The Met Office issued a red warning from midnight on Friday until 18:00 BST on Saturday but this has now been downgraded to amber.

A month’s worth of rain - up to 80mm - fell in the past 24 hours and more bad weather has been forecast.

The Met Office said people should prepare for flooding and take care when travelling.

Ben Johnston from EA said: “We have had up to 80mm of rainfall over Dartmoor. The areas to keep an eye on at the moment are Plymouth, South Hams and also in East Devon because the rainfall is going to hang on until well into the afternoon.”

The Environment Agency has encouraged people to check its website, Twitter feed and Facebook pages and its flood line service on 0845 9881188 can also provide advice.

It said it had mobilised teams to operate flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.

It said it had contacted 142 campsites throughout Cornwall, Devon and Dorset to give advice.

Devon County Council said it was monitoring weather conditions and had “resources in place to deal with any events if necessary”.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Mow Mow is pictured in the arms of Paul with his wife Chie and their son Li Xian at their Sidford home this week. Ref shs 8310-09-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A family had already started mourning their missing cat before people power pulled together to reunite them.

Read more
40 Acts of kindness.

A pair of churchgoers took it upon themselves to whitewash over ‘cruel’ graffiti on a long-empty Sidmouth shop as part of a drive to do good this Lent.

Read more
07:06
Save our Sidmouth group at the Knowle gardens in 2012. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 1477-36-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

A final decision on controversial district council plans to sell its Knowle HQ and move away from Sidmouth will be made by the end of March.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
The 50 Shades of Grey premiere benefited Sidmouth Hospiscare and Hospiscare Exeter

An evening of glitz and glamour netted nearly £1,200 for charity when the silver screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey made its dazzling debut in Sidmouth.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition



Devon's trusted business finder