Flood Alert Info - River Dart Area

Area Description

Totnes, Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Dartmouth and Torbay areas.
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert History

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 16 Aug 2019 14:32
River Dart
Flooding is possible on Friday afternoon and evening. Frontal rain is expected to continue until this evening with showery conditions following throughout the weekend. Levels suggest that there could be flooding to low lying land and roads close to rivers though no flooding to properties is expected. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages in this location. This message will be updated on Saturday morning.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Mar 2019 16:13
River Dart
Flooding is possible on Tuesday afternoon. An intense band of rain has moved eastward across the county, causing river levels in the Dart to rise. There may be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river We expect the river to remain high throughout the day though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages in this location. This message will be updated on Wednesday morning, or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Mar 2019 10:00
River Dart
Flooding is still possible throughout Wednesday. The overnight frontal rainfall has now cleared the area. Heavy showers are expected to develop throughout Wednesday morning. Catchments will remain sensitive to any further rainfall. River levels have mainly reached their highest levels in upstream locations and are beginning to fall, but will remain high throughout the day. Flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river is still possible. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages. This message will be updated on Wednesday evening or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Mar 2019 22:42
River Dart
Flooding is possible from this evening, Tuesday 5th March, through until Wednesday afternoon. Heavy rain is forecast to continue overnight, with the highest rainfall accumulations predicted over the hills and moors. This is likely to lead to flooding of low lying land and roads close to the river from Tuesday evening. We expect river levels to remain high throughout the night and into Wednesday. The heavy rainfall will clear to the east in the morning, with further heavy showers following. We are closely monitoring the situation and will issue further warnings if required. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the area, checking for, and clearing blockages. This message will be updated on Wednesday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Mar 2019 16:15
River Dart
Flooding is possible from Tuesday evening until Wednesday afternoon. Outbreaks of rain, which will be heavy and intense at times, is expected throughout this evening, tonight and into Wednesday morning. With the highest rainfall accumulations predicted over the hills and moors. This is likely to lead to flooding of low lying land and roads close to the river from Tuesday evening. We expect river levels to remain high throughout the night and into Wednesday. We are closely monitoring the situation and will issue further warnings if required. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the area, checking for, and clearing blockages. This message will be updated on Tuesday evening or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Feb 2019 07:54
River Dart
Heavy rain overnight has caused snowmelt throughout the area resulting in a rise in the River Dart and tributaries. Although no more rain is forecast for Monday, the river will continue to rise throughout the morning and will remain high throughout the day. The river levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are continuously monitoring the situation and will issue an update if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Dec 2018 12:31
River Dart
Flooding is possible on the 7th December. Heavy rainfall overnight from Thursday into Friday has caused the River Dart to rise. Flooding of low lying land in the floodplain, and roads close to the river is expected. We expect river levels to remain high throughout Friday. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and will update this message on Friday evening, or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Dec 2018 14:59
River Dart
Flooding is possible in the early hours of the 7th December. We are expecting heavy rainfall from this evening through to the early hours of tomorrow morning. River catchments are wet and responding quickly to rainfall. This is expected to cause the river levels in River Dart area to rise, peaking in the early hours of the morning. Flooding of low lying land in the floodplain and roads close to the river is expected. We expect the river to remain high throughout Friday. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages in this location. We will update this message on Friday, or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Nov 2018 11:55
River Dart
Flooding is possible, due to further heavy rain which is expected in the early hours of Saturday morning. Low lying land and roads close to rivers are likely to be flooded. Flood water still poses a significant risk, do not take unnecessary risks. Take care near watercourses and low lying areas and monitor your local weather conditions. We will continue to monitor river levels and will update this message midday on Saturday or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Nov 2018 15:28
River Dart
Low lying land and roads close to rivers are still likely to be flooded throughout Thursday afternoon and into Friday morning. River levels are falling, flood water still poses a significant risk. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions, do not take unnecessary risks. We will continue to monitor river levels and will update this message on Friday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Nov 2018 09:57
River Dart
Flooding of low lying land and roads close to rivers is still possible on Thursday morning. Approximately 35mm of rain has fallen on Dartmoor overnight on saturated ground resulting in rising river levels. We expect river levels to peak on Thursday morning though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and will update this message on Thursday afternoon or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Nov 2018 10:50
River Dart
Flooding is possible Wednesday night and into Thursday Morning. Heavy rain is forecast overnight on saturated ground and will likely result in rising river levels across South Devon. The main areas of concern from flooding are low lying land and roads close to rivers. We expect river levels to peak in the early hours of Thursday, though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and will update this message on Wednesday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 27 Nov 2018 16:08
River Dart
Flooding is possible on Tuesday evening. Heavy rain throughout Tuesday has resulted in rising river levels across South Devon. The main areas of concern from flooding are low lying land and roads close to rivers. We expect river levels to remain high throughout Tuesday evening and overnight, though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and will update this message on Wednesday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Nov 2018 15:20
River Dart
Rain is forecast over Devon catchments from 3pm today until late evening on Friday the 9th of November, easing off around 11pm. Between 20 and 30mm of rain is expected to fall across the county by midnight. The heaviest rain will be over the south facing slopes of Dartmoor. River levels are expected to respond but significant impacts or property flooding are currently not being predicted by flood forecasting models. Low lying land and roads might experience a small amount of standing water. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation and update this message as conditions change.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Oct 2018 15:35
River Dart
Flooding is possible in the early hours of Saturday morning. A heavy band of frontal rain will cross Devon overnight with higher accumulations over the moors. River levels are already high and will rise again, resulting in flooding of low lying land and roads. Spray, large puddles and standing water are likely to lead to difficult travel conditions. Light rain will continue to fall throughout Friday evening, followed by a front of heavy rain in the early hours of Saturday morning. Take care near areas of concern, and monitor your local weather conditions. Environment Agency staff are monitoring river levels, and will update this message on Saturday morning.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Oct 2018 10:40
River Dart
Rain will continue to fall across South Devon and Dartmoor throughout Friday and continue into the early hours of Saturday morning. River levels have risen which may result in flooding of low lying land and roads. Take care near areas of concern, and monitor your local weather conditions. Environment Agenct staff are monitoring river levels, will update this message on Friday evening.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Oct 2018 15:25
River Dart
Flooding is possible on Friday morning. A heavy band of frontal rain will cross South Devon and Dartmoor overnight. River levels will rise resulting in flooding of low lying land and roads. Spray, large puddles and standing water is likely to lead to difficult travel conditions. Rain will continue to fall throughout Friday, followed by a front of rain in the early hours of Saturday morning. Take care near areas of concern, and monitor your local weather conditions. Environment Agency staff are monitoring river levels, and will update this message on Friday evening


Flood Alert issued on 28 Jul 2018 18:05
River Dart
The rain is expected to be widespread and will be heavy over high ground, particularly the south west of Dartmoor. Although the ground is dry and rivers are low, there is a risk of flooding from surface water and the smaller rivers in the upper catchment


Flood Alert issued on 1 Apr 2018 15:49
River Dart
Flooding is possible overnight Sunday into Monday. Catchments are already wet and rain is forecast overnight on Sunday into Bank Holiday Monday. It’s possible that 30mm or more could fall overnight across much of Devon. Flooding is possible on low lying land and roads. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We have staff on standby ready to check and clear blockages if necessary. We are constantly monitoring river levels and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Mar 2018 21:43
River Dart
Flooding is possible this evening, in to the morning of Thursday 15th March. Heavy rain is forecast for the next 6 hours in the River Dart area and the river is expected to rise. Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the rivers around 12am on Thursday. We expect the river to remain high throughout today and into tomorrow and there is a possibility that Flood Warnings may need to be issued overnight. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the area, checking for and clearing blockages in this location. This message will be updated on Thursday morning or earlier if the situation changes


Flood Alert issued on 11 Mar 2018 09:59
River Dart
River levels have now receded across much of the River Dart Area following heavy rainfall earlier over the last few days. Further rainfall is expected this afternoon and will leave the area by the afternoon of Monday 12th March. River levels will rise again in response to this rain, and will remain high. Peak levels are expected overnight tonight into Monday morning. Flooding of low lying land and roads is expected. Further showers are predicted throughout Monday morning and Wednesday next week. This will keep river levels high throughout that period. Please take care and monitor your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and will update this message when the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Mar 2018 09:40
River Dart
Rivers have responded to a band of heavy rainfall overnight last night. Further rainfall is forecast for today, maintaining these high river levels throughout the day. Flooding to low-lying land and roads is expected. Further showers are expected throughout the weekend into the early part of next week, some of which may be heavy. River levels are likely to remain high throughout this period. Please take care and monitor your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and will update this message when the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Mar 2018 02:35
River Dart
Prolonged heavy rainfall has caused rivers to rise in the River Dart catchment overnight to a level higher than anticipated yesterday. Flooding is possible during the morning of Saturday 10th March. Flooding to low-lying land and roads is expected. Further showers are expected throughout the weekend into the early part of next week, some of which may be heavy. River levels are likely to remain high throughout this period. Please take care and monitor your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and will update this message when the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Dec 2017 15:00
River Dart
There is a band of unsettled weather forecast to cross the area during Tuesday evening. Flooding is possible. Catchments are saturated after yesterday’s rainfall. We expect rivers to remain high throughout the rest of Boxing Day and throughout the night, though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not currently expected to be issued. Take care near low-lying land and roads, and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and staff are available in the area to check that our flood defences are operating effectively. This message will be updated on Wednesday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 25 Dec 2017 19:32
River Dart
Over the last 2 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the River Dart area. This suggests that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river. The bulk of the heavy rain has now passed, and we are not expecting a Flood Warning to be issued. Further heavy rain has been forecast for the afternoon and evening of Boxing Day. We will update this message tomorrow morning. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Jul 2017 15:44
River Dart
A band of heavy rain is moving east across South Devon. Rain will be heavy at times particularly on high ground. River levels are forecast to rise quickly and will peak during the afternoon. Flooding is possible to low lying land and roads close to the river from around 3:30pm on Friday. If rain becomes slow moving or more intense than forecast, there may be some property flooding. We expect the river to remain high throughout today though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Rain is expected to clear the area by 5pm, however further rain is forecast over the weekend and into next week. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages in this location. This message will be updated when the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Jun 2017 20:25
River Dart
Flooding is possible on Monday Evening until the early hours of Tuesday. Over the last 12 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the South Dartmoor Area. This has meant that the River Dart is now rising. The main areas of concern are flooding to low lying land and roads close to the rivers from around 8:30pm on Monday. We expect the river to remain high throughout the evening and into the Morning though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages in this location. This message will be updated on Tuesday Morning or earlier if the situation changes