• Widespread floods hit the Otter valley

    7th July 2012 | News | Claire
  • Well known places became unrecognisable as the river Otter swallowed up the land around it, making it almost impossible to distinguish where the river ended and the land began.

    The road from West Hill to Ottery St Mary has been closed all day as parts of it are under deep water.  And there are reports that much of the farmland between Ottery and Honiton is submerged.

    Some 76 flood warnings and 142 flood alerts remain in England and Wales, with 13 flood warnings in Scotland. 

    Much of the Otter has a flooding warning in place for most of today,

    The rain has now (this afternoon) started to ease off, but the days ahead look little better, with more heavy rain looking likely.

    The Environment Agency said lives were in danger in areas near the River Axe in Devon and Burton Bradstock, Dorset.

    Have you been flooded or helped anyone who was in difficulty with water rising?  If so, I would be keen to read your comments.

    Photograph with thanks to Cllr Ian Holmes:  Tipton St John access to its park, tennis courts and playing fields, swamped by the adjacent Otter.