Britain devastated by floods as whole villages cut off by rising water


 Flash floods caused sudden road closures, car crashes and left entire villages cut off in the south west of England today  Sudden ‘lakes’ seized fields and country roads in the heart of Teigngrace, two miles north of Newton Abbot in Devon   Cyclist Paul Gale attempted riding through the hamlet when his path vanished under swamp-like rain, reports Cornwall Live   The Met Office issued four weather warnings for Saturday across the UK, including north east england which has already experienced significant disruption  Firefighters raced to the rescue of a van driver who crashed into a river and was left trapped as water rose all around the vehicle  Two fire engines were scrambled to the scene in Kingsteignton, at around 6.10am today  The stricken motorist was plucked to safety from his van by crews in flood rescue suits He was unharmed.  In Clyst St Mary, Exeter, heavy rain caused the River Clyst to burst its banks and flood the surrounding area  On Friday evening firefighters in Cornwall rescued three people who got stuck after attempting to drive through fast-flowing water  A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: “Six appliances and two officers were mobilised to a vehicle that reported being stuck in moving flood water after attempting to drive through it  “On arrival the first appliance reported that three casualties were sitting on top of their vehicle in deep standing water and rescued them using dry suits and life jackets ”  Exton has also been ravaged by flooding and villagers in Kennford in the early hours were forced to pump out water outside their homes in a battle to protect their community  Respiratory consultant Louise Anning tweeted: “Flooding in Kennford early this morning Pye corner cleared with pumps supplied by the EA and applied by villagers, but river still high ”  More weather misery is also on the way with yellow weather warnings for heavy rain remaining on the county right through to Wednesday next week  The River Teign is subject to a flood warning issued by the Environment Agency over fears it may rise above its banks and flood homes  Met Office weather chiefs warn floods could grip homes and businesses in the days ahead  Bus and train services are likely to be affected with ‘journey times taking longer’ while power supplies may also go down  A yellow warning for rain initially came into force at 12pm yesterday and was due to end at 6pm on Saturday  Firefighters in Devon and Cornwall warned drivers to stay away from flooded roads after a number of calls overnight to stranded cars  Photographs showed flash flooding in areas such as Clyst St Mary in Exeter.  Mr Dewhurst said other rainy areas could also see problems  He added: “Some places could see 40mm to 50 mm of rain.  “There’s quite a bit of rainfall to come in the next 24 hours ”  The wet weather will subside on Sunday.  Two yellow weather warnings are in place for the east and north of Scotland until 9am on Sunday, but for most, the rain will have cleared  Mr Dewhurst said: “On Sunday the rain will ease away. It’s looking like a much brighter day for many ”  Earlier this month, the Army was called in to assist stricken communities after towns and villages around Doncaster and Sheffield and parts of the Midlands were drenched by heavy downpours  Doncaster Council said 970 homes and businesses in the town were affected by the rain between November 7 and 15

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