Highway teams tackling flooded roads across Devon

Cllr Stuart Hughes. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 3456-10-11AW

Cllr Stuart Hughes. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 3456-10-11AW - Credit: Archant

Highway teams are out in force this evening to tackle flooded roads causing disruption for motorists.

Surface water and flooding has been reported across the county, with highway bosses expecting further intense showers throughout this afternoon and evening (Monday).

Devon County Council (DCC) has reported the A375 is closed at Sidbury due to flooding and a landslip, flooding on the A3052 between Newton Poppleford and Harpford and also at Boshill Cross, Barrack Road in Ottery St Mary.

Highway teams are also responding to flooding issues on A376 at Clyst St Mary, between Marine camp and Nutwell Lodge, and also near the Sadlers Arms,

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC’s cabinet member for highway management and flood prevention, said: “Our teams are working around the county in difficult conditions. The heavy rain is causing disruption across the county and road users are advised to take extra care, stick to main roads where possible, not to drive through floodwater and not to drive through road closures.

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“We are targeting safety issues in locations where there are problems which may affect properties and businesses. We are also prioritising the main A and B roads on our primary network and are proactively dealing with areas where there are known issues.”

Highway teams are currently clearing debris and trees from roads and scouting for further problems.

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A DCC spokesman warned of potential problems across the county, particularly on minor roads.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning that Southwesterly winds are forecast to increase overnight into Tuesday morning, with gusts of 50mph-60 mph in coastal areas.

Police have advised motorists not to travel unless ‘absolutely necessary.’

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