Storm Bella weather warnings are now in force

Flood warnings in Devon and Cornwall as Storm Bella rolls in

The UK government has confirmed 74 flood warnings and 138 flood alerts are in place for England this evening, as Storm Bella is expected to wreak havoc on homes and gardens across the country.

In Devon, there are flood warnings in place for the River Exe from Tiverton to Exeter, including Bickleigh, and for the River Torridge area from Dolton to Bideford, including Taddiport and Weare Giffard. Experts say there is likely to be “extensive floodplain flooding” which could see damage to homes and businesses and the potential loss of farm animals.

There are also multiple ‘flood alerts’ in place across Devon and Cornwall, a government caution that is just one level down from a flood warning.

Flood warnings in the region

Information from the government’s Flood Warning Information Service

River Torridge (Lower) from Dolton to Bideford, including Taddiport and Weare Giffard

The government website confirms a flood warning is currently in force for lower River Torridge, covering Dolton to Bideford.

Flooding is “expected” in this area and immediate action is required, experts say.

An update reads: “Flooding is expected for the Lower Torridge from Dolton to Bideford, including Taddiport and Weare Giffard later on Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday 27th December.

“Storm Bella is expected to bring further heavy showers this evening and a band of heavy frontal rain overnight. This will cause the River Torridge to rise.

“Very strong winds are also forecast which may cause trees to fall bringing additional risk of flooding. Property flooding is expected at Torrington Waste Water Treatment Works, Weare Giffard and Annery Kiln from around 6am tomorrow morning

“There is likely to be extensive floodplain flooding – stock without access to high ground may be lost. Flood waters may be deep and fast flowing in these areas. Residents are strongly urged to take action now.

“Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings.”

River Exe from Tiverton to Exeter, including Bickleigh

A flood warning is currently in force for the River Exe area, covering Tiverton to Exeter and the Bickleigh area.

Flooding is “expected” in this area and immediate action is required, experts say.

An update reads: “Storm Bella is predicted to bring heavy showers overnight and into Sunday morning. This will cause the River Exe to rise.

“Very strong winds are also forecast which may cause trees to fall bringing additional risk of flooding. Property flooding is expected from around 7am on Sunday morning at Bickleigh – Bickleigh Cottage, Trout Inn, Devonshire Craft Centre, Cobweb Cottage, Bickleigh Castle, A396 Bickleigh, Copenhagen, Traymill, Thorverton Mill, Nether Exe and Brampford Speke.

“There is likely to be extensive floodplain flooding – stock without access to high ground may be lost. Flood waters may be deep and fast flowing in these areas.

“Residents are strongly urged to take action now. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings.

“Our staff are out in the area and will assist the emergency services and council.”

Flood alerts in the region

People should be prepared for flooding if they live near the following rivers or in the following areas, the government’s flood information service says.

  • West Cornwall Rivers
  • Upper River Tamar
  • South Devon Rivers
  • Rivers Clyst and Culm and their tributaries
  • Rivers Otter and Sid, and Exmouth Area
  • River Axe area
  • North Dartmoor Rivers
  • River Dart area
  • River Teign area
  • Lower Exe area
  • Middle Exe area
  • Mid Devon Rivers
  • Exmoor River
  • Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin Area

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