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Devon clean up begins after storm
9:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in Devon
Significant travel disruption is expected this morning, one of the busiest times on the roads, as Devon motorists take to the roads after last night's storm.
With the risk of fallen trees, storm debris, localised flooding, as well as damage to buildings and other structures, disruption to transport routes is expected.
An AA spokesman said: "There's likely to be tree and other debris on the roads as well potential flooding, so it's very important to keep your speed down and drive with great care, particularly on country roads early on Monday morning when it's still dark.
"Trees can partially fall too and hang above the road, sometimes above the sweep of the headlights, making them very difficult to spot.
Don't gamble driving down flooded roads and think twice before crossing a ford. If you're using a sat-nav, be sensible and try to stick to the main routes where possible.
"If it's bad where you are, keep tuned to the weather and traffic reports – in case of road or bridge closures – and heed any local police advice about whether it's safe to travel.
"At a minimum, take a fully-charged mobile phone and warm, weatherproof clothing."
Police say that they are facing a large amount of calls as the weather starts to clear, with almost 250 calls for the force in the least 24 hours related to weather across the region.
High winds and heavy rain hit the whole force area between midnight and 7am with 20 road closure incidents as a result – mainly due to fallen trees and road debris.
There have been no weather-related casualties in any incident.
A large number of extra police officers and staff as well as 57 members of the Special Constabulary were drafted in to support operations.
Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Taylor said: “It’s vital we are ready and prepared for incidents like this and our plans have been well tested this weekend and continue to be.
“We have received a large number of weather related calls, but with the efforts of police staff, officers and with the support of partners across the board, the response provided has been excellent.
“It is particularly heartening to see Specials as volunteers turning out in such numbers at very short notice.
“Our focus is now on ensuring Devon and Cornwall remains safe as the region wakes and begins to clear up.”
Police are advising motorists to be aware of potential trees and other debris littered across the region’s roads.
All drivers should slow their speed and increase braking distances.
The weather remains unsettled, but latest advice from the Met Office is that the worst of the weather has now passed the Devon and Cornwall region.
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