Flood Alert Info - Lower Taw Area

Area Description

the Lower River Taw and its tributaries from Newnham Bridge to Barnstaple, including Umberleigh, Chittlehampton, Swimbridge and Bishop's Tawton 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 Currently in Force

There are no Flood Alerts currently in force for this area. See below for historical flood warnings.

Area Covered by this Flood Alert

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Flood Alert History

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 2 Apr 2018 03:45
River Taw
Flooding is possible in the early morning of Bank Holiday Monday. Heavy and persistent rainfall overnight has caused levels in the River Taw to rise. Flooding is possible on low lying land and roads. Take care near riverside locations 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 31 Mar 2018 10:32
River Taw
Rain is still possible in the catchment this morning. River levels are high and steady at the moment. We expect levels to begin falling later today. The Environment Agency is continuing to monitor river levels and we will be looking to remove this flood alert later today.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Mar 2018 16:48
River Taw
We are expecting further intermittent, but potentially heavy rain over the next 12 hours. Flooding is possible on low lying land and roads. Be prepared for local flooding, and floodplains being affected. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor rain (and snow) fall and river levels and we will update this message if the situation changes. Our field teams are standing by to make sure that flood defence assets are working effectively.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Mar 2018 04:09
River Taw
Flooding is possible. Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the River Taw area. This has meant that the River Taw is now rising. Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river and around the bridge imminently. We expect the river to remain high throughout today. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels. This message will be updated on Monday evening or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Jan 2018 15:00
River Taw
Flooding is possible from the afternoon of Sunday 21st January overnight into Monday 22nd January. Prolonged heavy rainfall overnight and throughout the day is causing river levels to rise across the region. The worst of the rainfall is expected to clear catchments by 6pm this evening. River levels will remain high in the River Taw catchment throughout the rest of the weekend and Monday, but are expected to peak overnight tonight. At present the expected river levels suggest that there may be flooding to low-lying land and roads. Further rainfall is expected throughout the day up until 6pm, 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 4 Jan 2018 11:47
River Taw
Flooding to low lying land is possible on Thursday afternoon. Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the Lower Taw area. This has meant that rivers in the area are now rising. Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river. We expect the river to remain high throughout today 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. This message will be updated on Friday or earlier if the situation changes


Flood Alert issued on 26 Dec 2017 14:59
River Taw
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 10 Dec 2017 20:04
River Taw
Flooding is possible on Sunday evening. Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the River Taw area. This has meant that the River Taw is now rising. The main areas of concern are the Lower River Taw and its tributaries from Newnham Bridge to Barnstaple, where levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river from around 8pm on Sunday. We expect the river to remain high throughout today 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 Monday or earlier if the situation changes.