BREAKING: New ice threat to flooded roads

Archant

Gritters are to be sent out overnight on Devon’s road network as temperatures are expected to drop below freezing and ice over flooded roads.

Motorists are being urged to take extra caution on the roads this evening and into tomorrow morning as a cold snap hits the county.

A statement from the county council said it is sending out gritting trucks at 1am and possibly again at 6am, with the aim of keeping the 20 per cent of Devon’s roads which carry 70 per cent of its traffic ice free.

Cabinet member for Highways and Transportation, Stuart Hughes, said: “Obviously with all the recent flooding and so much water running off from the surrounding land, freezing temperatures could bring extremely icy conditions.

“Whilst the gritters will be out in force, don’t assume a road has been treated.

“I would advise residents to drive with extreme caution certainly over the coming days whilst freezing temperatures are expected.”

Meanwhile, problems remain on roads and bridges across Devon due to flooding or water damage.

The A379 at Frogmore is closed due to a burst water main, Wisdome Bridge in Cornwood is closed due to flood damage, Waterstave Bridge near Bradninch is closed, and the road from Halberton to Sampford Peverell will be shut until at least tomorrow due to the canal works.

0 comments

Other News Stories

30 minutes ago
Tony is raising money for Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

Tony Farnaby is taking on a 190 mile-long ride around Devon for the lifesaving charity.

Read more
13:09
Elections take place on May 7

East Devon’s election chief has apologised after an error was identified in the postal voting papers sent out to some electors.

Read more
12:31
The smaller of the two new minor injuries rooms. Ref shs 7706-40-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

Health bosses announced this week that talks to decide the future of community hospitals in East Devon will be temporarily suspended.

Read more
12:19
Large barrel jellyfish washed up on the beach at Sidmouth,

This large barerel jellyfish caught the attention of passers-by when it washed up on Sidmouth beach yesterday (Sunday).

Read more

The nine-turbine wind farm is set to be operational in North Devon by summer 2016.

Read more
09:36

A new 210-place primary school could be opening in Exmouth, offering children a different kind of curriculum.

Read more
The TK Maxx store in Barnstaple. Picture: Sarah Howells

Walls around the building on Joy Street have come down revealing new TK Maxx store building.

Read more
09:28

Fire crews have been called to a fire at the Spar store in Budleigh Salterton.

Read more

Woman claiming to be from the council tried to con elderly Barnstaple man, as police warn people to remain vigilent of fraudsters.

Read more
06:59
Lifeboat Neville Causley. Photo RICHARD HOROBIN

Axminster landlord retires from Lyme lifeboat crew after 25 years of dedicated service

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 2°C

Most Read News

Family Notices 24


Devon's trusted business finder