Published on : Monday, November 21, 2016
Storm Angus lashed major parts of England leading to roads being shut down and trains being diverted due to extra flooding. All rail lines have been blocked between Bristol and Taunton, trains between Swindon and Bristol Parkway are being diverted and services between Cardiff and Paddington have been cancelled.
Flooding has shut roads and winds brought down power cables in Devon. Forecasters have warned already-flooded areas are at risk of more flooding in the next 24 hours.
Wet weather is expected to sweep across the South West and move north, causing more disruption across England. The Environment Agency has issued 29 flood warnings where flooding is “expected” and action is required” – 28 in the South West and one in Leicestershire.
The weather has caused people to be rescued and travel disruption across England:
Storm Angus brought gusts of more than 80mph and caused power cuts for more than 1,000 homes in the South West. Eleven crew members had to be rescued from a cargo ship on Sunday after it crashed into a stone barge off the coast of Dover and began taking on water. The other 12 remained on board as they worked alongside the Coastguard to bring the ship into port.
Great Western Railway (GWR) said a train driver had to spread sand on the rail tracks as floodwater caused major delays in Cornwall on Sunday.
A spokesman for GWR said: “In very extreme circumstances the train’s driver can manually spread sand on the rails to improve traction.”
Fire crews in Devon spent Sunday pumping out flooded properties and roads.
The storm has also flooded the new offices of the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner – a £500,000 renovation project at the police headquarters in Exeter. Staff moved in three months ago but have had to move out due to leaks thought to have been caused by leaves clogging drains on the roof.
Elsewhere, trees were uprooted, roads were blocked and power lines brought down by strong winds.
The Environment Agency said it is preparing to put up temporary defences “where necessary” and said rivers have been cleared to make sure water can flow freely.
Motorists are being warned not to drive through floodwater and residents in at-risk areas have been advised to contact their local councils for sandbags to protect their homes.