Devon Roads And Rail Hit By Flooding

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Train services have been severely disrupted and many minor roads are still impassable in Devon after flooding over the weekend.

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Train services have been severely disrupted and many minor roads are still impassable in Devon after flooding over the weekend.

Network Rail said services on the main railway line out of the county had been hit by flooding at Cowley Bridge between Exeter and Tiverton.

Flood warnings are still in place on most of the county's rivers, including the Exe, Torridge, Taw and Clyst.

Firefighters rescued people in 51 vehicles stuck in floods.

A number of roads are closed around Umberleigh, Topsham and Beer.
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Chris Cranstone of Devon County Council said: "We expect a lot of significant problems on the 6,000 miles of minor roads in Devon."

Train services have also been hit by a landslide at Dawlish.

John Baker from Network Rail said it could be mid week before services improved.

He said: "We are struggling to get routes back up and running. Further flood damage on Saturday and Sunday has washed out more ballast from under the tracks."

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is visiting the area around Cowley Bridge later.

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A 21-year-old woman killed after a tree fell on a tent in Exeter has not been named.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it was thought she could have been homeless.

Two men, aged 27 and 35, were also in the tent and were injured in the fall.

Seventy nine properties were flooded over the weekend across Devon and Cornwall.

The Environment Agency has advice on its website for those who have been affected by flooding.

Aveton Gifford Primary School near Kingsbridge was closed on Monday due to flooding.

Flooding which affected the Gdynia Way main road into Plymouth last week was probably caused by a "large lump of concrete" which has now been removed from a main sewer, said South West Water (SWW).

"We are really hopeful we have resolved it," said a SWW spokesman.

Forecasters say there will still be some heavy outbreaks of rain on Monday and with the ground already saturated this may exacerbate flooding problems.