The Environment Agency has issued several red and yellow weather warnings for East Devon this afternoon (Tuesday, January 2).

A red 'flooding is expected' warning has been issued for the River Axe from Winsham to Axminster, including Chard Junction and Weycroft. 

Heavy rain over the last 24 hours has caused the River Axe to rise. The EA expects river levels to remain high overnight into Tuesday morning which will affect riverside locations and roads between Winsham and Axminster, including Chard Junction, Coaxden Cottages and Weycroft.

Property flooding is expected at Chard Junction, Axe Farm, Coaxdon and Weycroft Cottages, Mosterton, Clapton, Tytherleigh and Broom, A358 crossing at Weycroft, B3165 Clapton, A3066 Mosterton, Axminster (Stoneybridge).

Flooding to riverside property and highways at the B3165 at Mosterton and Clapton is expected imminently. Flood waters may be deep and fast-flowing in these areas.

A spokesman for the EA said: "People in this area should consider taking action now and install any property flood resilience measures. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings. We will be closely monitoring the situation throughout the night."

A yellow 'flooding is expected' has also been issued for the Rivers Otter and Sid, and Exmouth area which will affect properties in Lympstone, Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth areas.

River levels in the Rivers Otter and Sid will rise, and will remain high for the next couple of days, as heavy rain is falling on already wet catchments. Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river. More heavy rain accompanied by very windy conditions on Tuesday will cause river levels to rise again.

The EA issued this advice "Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages."