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West Country braced for flooding after heavy rainfall

Published 06/02/2016

Parts of the West Country are on flood alert following heavy rainfall
Parts of the West Country are on flood alert following heavy rainfall
80mm of rain has been predicted for Dartmoor

Parts of the West Country are on flood alert following heavy rainfall.

The Environment Agency said there was one severe flood warning in place for Portreath, on the north Cornwall coast, and 23 flood warnings across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

The Met Office was forecasting between 30mm and 40mm of rain across the region. Dartmoor was predicted 80mm.

In addition severe gales are expected with gusts of 40mph to 50mph predicted.

Sporting fixtures have fallen foul of the weather with Exeter City v Oxford United, Bristol Rovers v Wimbledon and Yeovil v Plymouth called off due to waterlogged pitches.

Stuart Pearce's comeback for Longford AFC in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two was also postponed.

Jonathan Day, duty flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: "The Met Office is forecasting persistent and at times heavy rain during much of Saturday and into Sunday morning across the south west and parts of southern and central England.

"There is a risk some communities may experience river and surface water flooding of properties and of roads, particularly in south west counties from Hampshire through to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

"The Somerset Levels and Moors are not forecast to expect any flooding impacts.

"Large waves are also forecast to occur around south and west coasts of England over the weekend and into Monday.

"Spray and wave overtopping is possible and people should take care on exposed coastal promenades."

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