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River and coastal flood warning in place for South Devon
9:56am Thursday 2nd January 2014 in Devon
Coastal communities along the south coast are also told to be on alert for possible tidal flooding between Friday and Sunday, as strong winds combine with high tides and large waves.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: "This will lead to localised spray and wave over-topping at exposed coastal locations and promenades, and the risk of flooding to properties and low lying land.
"Our teams will be working around the clock to check flood defences and close tidal gates. Further flood alerts (meaning be aware of possible flooding) and some flood warnings (which mean take action to prepare for flooding) are likely to be issued in the coming 24 hours."
Craig Woolhouse, the Environment Agency’s head of flood incident management, said: "Strong winds and large waves along the west and south coasts of England are forecast between Friday and Sunday, coinciding with high tides.
"Impacts could include flooding affecting some coastal properties and communities. Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to stay away from the shoreline.
"The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities. Environment Agency teams are out on the ground making sure that flood defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and preparing to issue flood alerts and warnings."
There is a also a flood warning for the River Lemon from Bickington to Newton Abbot, with concerns over riverside locations and roads between Bickington and Newton Abbot, including Bickington, Chipley Bridge, Morley Bridge, Chercombe Bridge, Ogwell Mill and the A383.
A flood warning is also in place for Staverton and riverside locations and roads between Buckfastleigh and Totnes, the River Teign (Lower) at Newton Abbot with concern about low lying properties and roads in Newton Abbot, including the Osborne Park area, cricket ground, Marsh Road and Wharf Road areas.
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