Warning of possible tidal flooding

15:23 17 October 2012

Rough sea at Sidmouth almost 25 years to the day after the great storm of 1987. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 3200-42-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Rough sea at Sidmouth almost 25 years to the day after the great storm of 1987. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 3200-42-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

Residents urged to remain vigilant ahead of high spring tides.

Residents in East Devon are being urged to remain vigilant ahead of high spring tides and possible tidal flooding.

The Environment Agency is closely monitoring the Devon coast today (Wednesday) and expect high spring tides.

It says the high tides could combine with gusts of wind causing flood surges in some parts of Devon and Dorset between 6pm and 8pm.

The public is also being warned that high tides and strong winds could cause waves and spray to come over the top of sea defences at coastal locations.

David Blunt for the Environment Agency said: “With the high spring tides, and anticipated wind surges, our teams are working hard to ensure we are prepared and are working with our professional partners to make sure the public are aware of the risk.

“We are receiving regular weather updates from the Met Office, continuously monitoring both tidal conditions and river levels and have had officers out overnight checking flood defences and closing flood gates.”

He added: “People should be aware that there could be a lot of water in coastal areas, so avoid trying to drive or walk through any flood water and be sensible when out and about, particularly around the coast.

“Now is a good time for anyone who lives in an area vulnerable to flooding to think about the precautions they can take to protect their properties.”

Sixteen flood warnings and 18 flood alerts have been issued for parts of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, where the high tides and storm surges could also see flooding of coastal areas.

0 comments

Other News Stories

12:30

Healthy eating has paid off for Littleham Primary School as it has been recognised for its hard work.

Read more

A tanning company whose shop in Exmouth was ravaged by a fire earlier this year is expecting to reopen at a new site next year.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

A Lympstone couple are hoping to bring some smiles to the faces of teenage villagers in the depths of Africa.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

Speed check volunteers between Knowle and Budleigh Salterton have defended their policy of putting out signs warning motorists of their presence.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

Anita Anderson never expected to see John again after their first date; little did she know they would celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary 62 years later.

Read more
Fri, 12:48

A man in his 50s working on a roof in Exmouth was rescued by the fire service after he fell ill and collapsed

Read more
Fri, 12:37

Laughter rang round St Peter’s Church in Budleigh Salterton at the funeral of Devon County Cricket Club chairman Geoff Evans.

Read more
Fri, 12:30

A club set up to help the unemployed in Exmouth is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Read more
Fri, 10:08

Dog owners, water users and walkers enjoying the Exmouth Nature Reserve are being urged by the Exe Estuary Managment Partnership to follow a few simple rules to avoid disturbing protected birds this autumn.

Read more
Fri, 10:00

An abseil challenge, which raised funds for new active play equipment at St Peter’s Primary School, has been hailed a ‘great’ success.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications