Grand Western Canal, near Tiverton, breached as heavy rain causes severe disruption across Mid Devon

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By tinap | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 10:33

The severe weather took a heavy toll on Tiverton and its surroundings yesterday, culminating in the Grand Western Canal breaching its banks near Halberton, just east of Tiverton. 

This morning Highway teams were working to repair the damage which now extends along a four and half mile stretch of the canal. The canal is discharging water to its north side.

Devon County Council issued a statement asking residents of Halberton to be aware of the potential risk of flooding today as more bad weather is predicted for the region. 

The road in Halberton remains closed in both directions this morning (Thursday Nov 22) between the Halberton junction and the Sampford Peverell junction.

Elsewhere, the weather caused chaos on the roads and railways. Fire crews from the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service said they attended 422 incidents due to flooding. At Clyst St George and the Portsmouth Arms on the A377, cars became stuck in the rising flood water. Elsewhere roads became impassable.

At first light, council workers began the task of assessing the damage. Although the rain eased off overnight, more rain and winds of up to 70mph is predicted today heightening the risk of more flooding. 

Rail services continue to be severely disrupted due to flooding at Tiverton Parkway. A number of First Great Western services have either been cancelled or are not calling at the station. There are no CrossCountry rail services between Plymouth and Bristol Temple Meads due to flooding at Tiverton Parkway.

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