FLOOD EMERGENCY: Homes evacuated and roads blocked by mudslides as rain smashes Devon
Homeowners were forced to flee their properties in Kentisbury, near Barnstaple, and police urged locals to stay safe and vigilant as flooding disrupted North Devon this morning, causing havoc.
Others have been flooded in Combe Martin on nearby Exmoor, Devon and Cornwall Police said.
The A399 at Combe Martin has been closed following a landslide reported at 10.35am on Sunday with a police spokesman saying part of the carriageway has collapsed.
The A361 is also closed near Landkey in Barnstaple and mudslides have been reported at Muddiford, north of Barnstaple, the force said.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “We are dealing with a number of reports of flooded roads and properties in north Devon.
“Emergency services, alongside Highways teams, are busy dealing with incidents as they arise but the public should be aware of continuing disruption today with ongoing bad weather in the area.
“Conditions are expected to worsen in early to mid-afternoon due to continuing heavy rainfall.
“We would urge any member of the public to avoid travelling into or around the area unless the journey is critical.
“If anyone has to travel they should take care while driving in the area due to large amounts of surface water and debris, and are urged to slow down.”
The M4 motorway has closed near Bridgend after an accident in difficult conditions, South Wales Police said.
It happened on the westbound carriageway between junctions 35 and 36 but there were no reported injuries.
A force spokesman said: “Road conditions are particularly hazardous with spray and standing water on the road.
“Motorists are urged to amend their speeds accordingly and avoid travelling if at all possible.”
Rain, snow and ice are set to sweep across the UK today as the Met Office issued yellow warnings for large areas of the country.
The southwest of Wales and Devon will feel the brunt of heavy and persistent rain today, before dying out this evening, the Met Office said.
And snow will continue to batter areas up and down the country after being hit by the coldest night for two years.
Motorists are being told to be wary of the ice on the roads due to the thawing snow, which is expected to cause flooding.
The Met Office said: “Some snow will fall on Sunday morning across parts of southeast Wales, southwest and central southern England.
“Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.”