• Feniton roads submerge yet again and more to come …

    5th February 2014 | News | Claire
  • No houses are reported to have been flooded thankfully, but residents were busy putting out sandbags and floodgates, just in case. 

    The floods took place as the Feniton inquiry for 235 houses continues at the Flybe Academy. Today is the last day and it is expected to finish late.  Some residents, including Val Jones, brought in photographs of gardens that looked like lakes as a result of water run-off from the fields behind that Wainhomes wish to build 83 houses on.

    Patteson’s Cross was impassable and the flooding spread towards Fenny Bridges. Other roads were virtually impassable, including Station Road.

    Committed community volunteer flood warden, Jayne Blackmore, has been working her socks off trying to prevent people’s homes flooding, hefting sandbags around and calling in on people.

    In and around my ward there were reports of large trees down in West Hill, at Metcombe, Higher Metcombe and fallen power lines between Sidbury and Honiton meant a road closure while Western Power fixed the problem.

    Councillors have just been informed that there is yet more of this extremely tiresome anxiety-inducing weather to come.

    The main news is as follows:

    The situation is likely to continue for the next 5 days with an AMBER MEDIUM risk alert for strong winds (gusting 70mph) and heavy rainfall (70-100mm) from 15:00 Thursday through until 23:00 Saturday.

    All agencies to advise public to stay away from seafront areas and avoid wave watching in dangerous areas.

    Please can Towns / Parishes and Members report any flooding issues they are aware of through our CSC (01395 517528 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ) so we can take account of these in our recovery plans.

    DCC report many trees down. They are surveying the road network, starting with major roads and clearing trees and debris as they go.

    Overall much of Devon has received damage to seafront infrastructure to some degree, in East Devon we have had damage to seawalls, seafront structures, street furniture and beach huts as well as some localised seafront flooding. A flood recovery group has now been convened and is being led by DCC.

    We will feed reports of damage and flooding into this group and prioritise a list for repairs. Much of the recovery, clean up and repair work which may be required along seafronts will have to wait until this week’s weather has passed.

    Our next concern is flooding this week due to high rainfall levels falling over saturated ground. Please keep an eye on all sources of information.

    Sources of further information:

    http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/3days/125305.aspx 

    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings 

    For comprehensive advice on what to do before, during and after flooding please visit the Environment Agency website, where you can also sign up for flood alerts http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/default.aspx.

    Information on how individual properties can prepare for flooding can be found on our website http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/flooding  . You can also see the latest flood alerts and weather reports at http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/weather.htm  .

    EDDC will also be tweeting updates, as are many of the other agencies.