Treacherous weather in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:48 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 10 June 2010

MONSOON weather – were words used to describe the treacherous conditions experienced in Exmouth last Saturday. A spokesperson for the East Devon District Council said the worst affected areas in the town were Halsdon Road and New Street. Staff from the l

MONSOON weather - were words used to describe the treacherous conditions experienced in Exmouth last Saturday.

A spokesperson for the East Devon District Council said the worst affected areas in the town were Halsdon Road and New Street.

Staff from the local authority delivered 280 sandbags to residents whose homes were in danger of being flooded.

He said: "At one point flood water was knee-deep. In one alley-way in The Colony, wheelie bins were found floating.

"Pre-filled sand-bags, which had been prepared in advance of such an emergency, were ferried to the scene by a five-man team from EDDC's Street Scene service.

"Four of the five members of staff had been due to attend a colleague's wedding on the Saturday evening but were called out on duty when the flash floods hit and missed the celebrations."

An emergency planning officer from EDDC took part in flood response teleconferences with staff at Devon County Council, the Environment Agency and emergency services.

Although water rose to a level just below the floor in some homes, it was believed that no properties were flooded inside.

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