Exmouth commuters hit by flash floods

PUBLISHED: 12:59 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:06 10 June 2010

FLASH flooding caused chaos to drivers leaving Exmouth on Friday afternoon when the build up of sudden torrential rain blocked the road near the Clyst St George roundabout.

FLASH flooding caused chaos to drivers leaving Exmouth on Friday afternoon when the build up of sudden torrential rain blocked the road near the Clyst St George roundabout.

Traffic coming out of Exmouth crawled to a standstill and was backed up to Exton while cars tried in vain to negotiate the deep channels of rainwater which had built up near the roundabout.

Many vehicles ended up being abandoned on the side of the road as the deep rainwater flooded engines.

Cars driving from Woodbury to the roundabout via the Clyst road were forced to turn back, or scale the pavement, as the water level rose above wheels.

The police directed the traffic away from the water as firefighters dealt with the floods.

A 38-year-old office worker driving from to Exeter from Exmouth said: "The traffic on the A376 was crawling along so I turned around and went through Woodbury. When I got to the Clyst road near Clyst st George church there was a huge puddle stretching for several metres on the road. I didn't dare chance driving through it. I turned back and went through Woodbury Salterton - but even that road was flooded. I was getting a bit worried making all the detours because my petrol light was flashing!

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