Houses flooded in south Devon after heavy rain

Flooded property in Littlehempston The Environment Agency said that in 24 hours, about 25mm (1in) of rain fell

Several homes have been flooded in south Devon after heavy rainfall overnight.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service attended 23 incidents between 02:00 and 07:00 BST.

Several properties in the areas of Paignton, Totnes and Modbury have been flooded.

In 24 hours, about 25mm (1in) of rain fell, a spokesman from the Environment Agency said. He added that conditions were expected to improve later.

Viv Wybrow, the owner of a flooded property in Littlehempston, said: "My main worry was my donkey and two little miniature Shetland ponies.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service attended 23 incidents between 02:00 and 07:00 BST

"They were marooned in the paddock balancing on a bank... there was water everywhere, you couldn't see any of the fields."

Andy Rouse, response officer for the fire service, said: "It just seems to have affected particular areas of south Devon.

"Operational crews have been saying the water has been coming down lanes like rivers.

"I'm at Maudlin Road in Totnes and there's water coming over a wall like a waterfall. I've never seen anything like this."

Several flood warnings have been issued on rivers in south-west England.

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