River Kenn floods homes in Devon
- 25 November 2012
- From the section England
About 30 properties have been flooded and a woman was trapped under a fallen tree as Devon was lashed by heavy rain.
Firefighters were called to Kennford as some people decided to leave their homes as the River Kenn bursts its banks on Saturday.
Meanwhile, a woman was trapped under a tree which had toppled over in Prince Street, Exeter.
The Environment Agency issued flood alerts for Devon as the Met Office forecast up to 40mm (1.6in) of rain.
The downpours proved especially damaging in Kennford as the River Kenn, which is normally little more than a stream, burst its banks and flooded properties.
Some residents had prepared for the worst by moving items upstairs. But many said levels rose very quickly and water was up to waist height in the street by Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, police said many roads in and out of Exmouth had been closed because of flooding.
The rain also had an impact on rail services, with buses replacing Cross Country services between Exeter and Bristol. Diversions are in place between Exeter and Yeovil.
Network Rail said the line between Tiverton and Exeter will be closed until at least Monday
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spent Friday night removing one million litres of water from fields below the Grand Western Canal, near Tiverton, which burst its banks on Wednesday.
Devon County Council said reinforced dams either side of the breach were working.
In Exmouth, the authority said Portland Avenue was closed after a hole approximately 6ft (1.8m) deep had opened after heavy rain.
The B3344 Teign Valley Road and the B3181 at Westcott have been closed because of flooding.