Exmouth flood warning

PUBLISHED: 17:14 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:28 10 June 2010

Tuesday, August 12 - EXMOUTH is on alert to brace itself for flooding tomorrow (Wednesday) as torrential rains sweep through the country.

EXMOUTH is on alert to brace itself for flooding tomorrow (Wednesday) as torrential rains sweep through the country.

The Environment Agency have issued a sever weather warning for the River Otter, Sid and Exmouth area including streams in the Lympstone and Budleigh Salterton areas.

They have issued a flood watch alert warning residents that Flooding of low lying land and roads is expected and to be aware of water levels near you and be prepared to act on your flood plan.

Gale-force winds could affect the coasts of the English Channel on Wednesday (13), with gusts up to 60 miles per hour predicted for the UK and over 40 miles per hour predicted during for Exmouth.

Met Office Chief Forecaster Richard Young said: "Unfortunately, the poor summer weather shows no sign of letting up over the next few days.

"As well as more rain or showers, strong winds on Wednesday could make for difficult cross-channel journeys."

Looking ahead, Friday is expected to be a drier day for many areas but with more cloud and rain pushing in from the Atlantic during the weekend.

Before a flood:

* Move valuable items, including important documents, to high levels.

* Bring indoors items which may cause damage or be damaged.

* Ensure you have bottles of drinking water in case the water supply becomes contaminated.

* Your local council may be able to supply sand bags. Remember that water can enter the house through whatever means it normally leaves the house.

During the flood:

* Never try to drive through flood water - 80% of flood deaths occur in vehicles.

* Avoid walking through flood water, streams or rivers in full flow - just six inches of rapidly moving water can knock a person over.

* If you have to evacuate your home or workplace turn off those utilities you can access.

* Avoid driving unless you journey is absolutely necessary.

After the flood:

* Check structural damage to buildings.

* If it is dark, use a torch, not candles.

* Throw away all foods, including canned goods, which have come into contact with flood water.

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