Serious flooding across East Devon

PUBLISHED: 10:24 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 10 June 2010

HEAVY rainfall and freezing hail in East Devon has meant certain areas have experienced serious flooding.

HEAVY rainfall and freezing hail in East Devon has meant certain areas have experienced serious flooding.

Brixham coastguard has responded to a request from the police for assistance.

The Highways Agency says that travellers to Exeter Airport should use the M5, exiting at Junction 29.

Three vehicles were stuck in the stuck in floods at Finnimore Industrial Estate near Ottery St Mary, including a 38 foot lorry last night.

A road traffic accident happened on the A30 near Honiton at 1am involving minor injuries, with a female giving birth who had to be transported by ambulance to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

A road traffic accident involving 2 vehicles spinning on the A30 near Honiton was attended by police.

There have been a series of weather related road traffic acccidents on the A30 and for safety reasons the A30 is being closed from J29 to Monkton.

Although the A30 is currently closed, travellers should make their destination known to agency officials.

The northbound access is the only one open to the airport.

Minor roads are also effected by landslips, standing water and flood damage.

Ottery is closed with all routes compromised either due to slippage, flooding or ice and is to be avoided at all costs.

Roads around Ottery St Mary and Westhill impassable due to flooding and hail drifts.

The RAF Search and Rescue Helicopter were on hand to help a caller whose vehicle started taking in water between Honiton and Cullompton, and lost control.

The driver has been found safe and well

Several houses and bungalows in Ottery St Mary and Tipston St John have been flooded.

Police, Coastguard, fire service and ambulance all responded and are all in attendance.

Initial difficulties in getting to houses are being solved by using of 4x4 Coastguard vehicles with Coastguard rescue officers.

The Local Authority is considering opening evacuation centres when numbers of those affected are clarified.

Coastguards have rescued a family of three from a bungalow at Newton Poppleford at 5.46am and evacuated them to the local fire station.

River Otter burst bank 4 miles north of Ottery.

People are warned not to travel unless absolutely necessary and to avoid driving into flood waters.

Please be aware there is also a flood warning in place for the South Devon Coast at Beesands, Torcross, Slapton, Torbay and Dawlish with high tide at 7am.

* Contact the Journal on (01395)276 153 if you know of any incidents in your area.

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