Predicted rainfall could affect the Rivers Exe, Otter and Axe.

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Residents in East Devon are being urged to prepare for an increased risk of flooding.

Warnings have been issued across England by the Environment Agency and the Met Office is forecasting up to three inches of rain for parts of the south west over the next 48-hours.

The Environment Agency has said predicted rain is likely to affect the south coast from South Devon to Dorset, and could impact on main rivers, including the Rivers Exe, Otter and Axe.

The Environment Agency has mobilised teams across the country to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.

Nick Moore for the Environment Agency said: “We are expecting heavy rain in the south west in the next couple of days and this might lead to some flooding.

“We strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for the possibility of flooding.

“We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.”

For the latest information visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood

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