• Severe weather warning issued for Thursday afternoon

    21st November 2012 | News | Claire
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    As you are aware we have experienced very heavy rainfall last night and into this morning, which has lead to widespread land and river flooding and some property flooding. Most of the rivers in East Devon currently have Flood Warnings and the weather for tomorrow is set to be more of the same, with some very wet weather coming in from 14:00 accompanied by 50 – 60mph winds. The Environment Agency has been advising that river levels are continuing to rise and that in many areas property flooding is expected.

    I have attached the latest weather warning and flood guidance statement which shows what is forecast. For the most up to date information please visit;

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

    We will be discussing what actions to take with our emergency planning partners and the Police at 4pm today and will issue an update afterwards if required.

    In the meantime please take action now to help prepare your communities. 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 .

    Hopefully all parishes now have a stock of unfilled sandbags, but if you need more please contact us. We have been responding with filled sandbags where people have been at imminent risk of flooding, and have teams out across the district helping where we can.

    In the event of flooding please call the Emergency Services for immediate assistance (if a rest centre is required this will be activated through reports received by the Emergency Services). We can be contacted on 01395 517528, or out of hours 01395 578237.

    Photograph by Cllr Ian Holmes:  Tipton in flood in June this year.