Flood Alert Info - Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin Area

Area Description

the Rivers Caen, Bradiford Water and Yeo and coastal streams from Braunton to Combe Martin.
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 9 Mar 2020 15:40
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible overnight on Monday the 9th of March into Tuesday. Rain is forecast this evening and overnight. River catchments are still saturated after recent storms and river levels are expected to rise overnight and into the morning. Forecast levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river from early Tuesday morning. 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 Tuesday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Mar 2020 09:41
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible on Sunday through to Monday. Isolated wintery showers are forecast throughout Sunday, with a more widespread band of rain expected from Sunday evening. The ground in many areas is totally saturated. River levels still remain high but will continue to fall throughout the day. River levels will rise again overnight in response to Sunday evenings rainfall. Flooding to low lying land and roads is possible, though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings. We will be closely monitoring the situation and this message will be updated on Monday morning.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Feb 2020 20:31
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible throughout Saturday night into the morning of Sunday 1st March. The heavy and persistent rainfall experienced in the early hours of Saturday morning has now cleared the area, with wintry showers to follow over tonight and tomorrow. The ground in many areas is totally saturated. Flooding to low lying land and roads is still expected. River levels are beginning to fall and will continue to fall this evening and overnight. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings. We will be closely monitoring the situation and this message will be updated on Sunday morning.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Feb 2020 10:45
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is expected on Saturday 29th February The heavy and persistent rainfall experienced in the early hours of Saturday morning has now cleared the area, with wintry showers to follow throughout the day. The ground in many areas is totally saturated and the rainfall has caused rivers to rise and they are expected to remain high throughout Saturday. Flooding to low lying land and roads is still expected, and flood waters may be deep and fast flowing within this area. River levels have begun to stabilise and are slowly beginning to fall in upstream locations. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings. We will be closely monitoring the situation and this message will be updated on Saturday evening.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Feb 2020 15:50
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible overnight Friday (28th February) into Saturday (29th February). Bands of heavy rain are forecast to pass through Devon during Friday and into Saturday with a risk of some particularly localised bursts. River catchments are still saturated after the recent storms, and river levels are beginning to rise. The main areas of concern are Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin, where levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river. We expect the rivers to remain high throughout the night and into Saturday. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels. This message is based on the latest forecast and will be updated when the situation changes. Flood warnings will be issued when necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Feb 2020 11:56
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible from late morning today, Monday the 24th February. A band of rain is passing through Devon at present. River catchments are still saturated after the recent storms, and river levels are beginning to rise. The main areas of concern are Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin, where levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river. We expect river levels to remain high throughout today, although no flooding to properties is currently forecast. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels. This message will be updated when the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 16:28
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible on Monday and Tuesday. The heavy rainfall over the weekend associated with Storm Dennis has now cleared the area but river levels remain high. Specific areas of concern are low lying land and roads close to rivers. Rain showers are forecast to continue throughout Monday, with further rain forecast on Tuesday. This will cause river levels to remain high into Tuesday. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and this message will be updated on Tuesday or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 17 Feb 2020 10:03
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible from Monday into Tuesday. There has been heavy rainfall over the past 48 hours and river levels are remaining high. Specific areas of concern are low lying land and roads close to rivers. Rain showers are forecast to continue throughout Monday, with more rain forecast on Tuesday. This will cause river levels to remain high into Tuesday. 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 afternoon or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 17:15
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible on Sunday into Monday. Heavy rain has fallen over the last 48 hours and river levels remain high. Specific areas of concern are low lying land and roads close to rivers. Heaviest rain has cleared this area but rain showers are forecast for the next few days. This will cause river levels to remain high into Monday. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and this message will be updated on Monday or if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 16 Feb 2020 07:40
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible from Sunday into Monday. There has been heavy rainfall overnight into Sunday, and river levels are remaining high. Specific areas of concern, are low lying land and roads close to rivers. Rain is forecast to continue throughout Sunday morning, with scattered showers over Sunday afternoon. This will cause river levels to remain high into Monday. 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 if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Feb 2020 15:48
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible on Saturday afternoon and into Sunday. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue overnight and river levels are likely to respond quickly. Areas of concern are low lying land and roads close to rivers, which are expected to flood. We expect the river levels to remain high throughout Sunday 16 February. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update this message if the situation changes


Flood Alert issued on 26 Dec 2019 21:41
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible on Thursday evening and overnight into Friday. A band of heavy rain is forecast across Devon this evening and overnight. As river levels are already high and the ground is saturated, this rainfall may result in flooding to low lying land and roads. We are constantly monitoring river levels and this message will be updated on Friday 27 December 2019 or earlier if the situation changes. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Dec 2019 15:29
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
River levels are forecast to rise across Devon as a result of heavy rainfall this afternoon and overnight into Thursday. Consequently, flooding of roads and low-lying land is possible widely throughout Devon. Several periods of heavy rain are likely from Wednesday afternoon until early Friday. 30 to 50 mm of rain is likely to accumulate quite widely during this time, with 60 to 90 mm over some south-facing hills. Overall accumulation of rain on saturated ground means we expect river levels to remain high for the coming days. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff across the area checking for and clearing blockages. This message will be updated tomorrow, 19 December, or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Nov 2019 19:49
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Heavy rain fell during today, Saturday 2nd of November. This has caused the river levels to rise and they are expected to continue to rise throughout the evening. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue flood warnings if required,This message will be updated Sunday morning, or earlier, if the situation changes. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 2 Nov 2019 13:12
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Heavy rain fell during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 2nd November. This has caused the rivers to rise and the rivers are expected to continue to rise throughout this afternoon. Although the rainfall is breaking up, showers are forecast throughout the rest of the day with the potential for periods of high intensity rainfall. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue flood warnings if required, this message will be updated this afternoon or earlier if the situation changes. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Nov 2019 17:53
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Heavy rain is forecast from the early hours of tomorrow morning, Saturday 2nd November, which will last throughout the day. This is likely to be widespread and persistent with the potential for surface water and river flooding throughout Saturday. Widespread totals of around 20-40mm of rain are expected. There is potential for localised totals of up to 80mm particularly on higher ground. The forecast is unclear on the precise location of these areas in Devon. Catchments are already wet from recent wet weather and are likely to react quickly to further rainfall. This will be accompanied by strong westerly winds which could lead to significant leaf fall, contributing to increased flood risk due to blocked drainage gullies. We will continue to monitor the situation, this message will be updated on Saturday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 26 Oct 2019 11:24
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding remains possible throughout Saturday. Over the last 12 hours we have seen heavy rainfall across the area and rivers have responded. We expect rivers to remain high throughout today though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued. Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the rivers. 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 Saturday evening or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 25 Oct 2019 16:20
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible overnight Friday in to Saturday. Rain is expected during Friday and Saturday and this will be heavy at times, especially over high ground. More intense spells of rain could occur almost anywhere, perhaps giving 30-40mm in 3 hours. Rivers are expected to rise in response to this rainfall. Flooding of low lying land and nearby roads is possible. This message is based on a forecast, there is still some uncertainty regarding the exact locations which will be most affected. We expect rivers to remain high throughout Saturday and there is the possibility that flood warnings will be issued. Strong winds may lead to significant leaf fall which could contribute to a higher risk of flooding. 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 Saturday or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 30 Sep 2019 10:52
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Heavy rainfall is expected from this afternoon into this evening. Further rainfall is expected over the next couple of days so river levels are expected to remain high throughout this period. We are working with partners to determine what actions are required for the defences around Horsey Island. Property owners on Braunton Marshes are encouraged to keep up to date with the local news reports, and take action if required or these messages are updated. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We will monitor the situation and update as required.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 14:23
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Further rain showers this morning have kept river levels high. We expect levels to remain elevated into Sunday evening. More rain is expected on Monday. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We will monitor the situation and update as required.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Sep 2019 13:16
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible from this evening through to Sunday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected from Saturday afternoon until the early hours of Sunday morning. Levels suggest that there could be flooding to low lying land and roads close to rivers. Further rain is forecast for Monday and Tuesday which will cause river levels to remain high. Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. We are constantly monitoring river levels and the potential for flood warnings. We have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Sep 2019 16:38
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
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Flood Alert issued on 6 Dec 2018 15:16
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding of low lying land in the floodplain, and roads close to the river is expected. We expect the rivers in North Devon 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 12 Oct 2018 16:02
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
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 31 May 2018 16:31
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible on the afternoon of Thursday 31st May and into the morning of Friday 1st June. Heavy thundery rain is forecast for this afternoon through until Friday morning. The Met Office have issued an Amber weather warning for rain for this area during this time. We expect smaller rivers and their tributaries to react quickly to this rainfall causing localised flooding in some areas, there is also like to be significant surface water flooding in some areas. Flooding to low lying land and roads both from surface water and localised river flooding is expected. Take care near the areas of concern particularly if driving 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 this evening or if the situation changes


Flood Alert issued on 31 Mar 2018 10:15
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Rain is still possible in the catchment this morning. River levels are still high, but most rivers are beginning to drop. 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 16:43
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
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 13 Feb 2018 09:33
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible on Tuesday. A band of heavy rain has passed over Devon. River levels are high. Take care near low lying land and roads close to rivers where flooding is possible and monitor your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and this message will be updated on Tuesday evening or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Feb 2018 15:44
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible on Tuesday morning. A band of heavy rain is forecast to pass over Devon overnight. We expect rivers to rise. Take care near low lying land and roads close to rivers where flooding is possible and monitor your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and this message will be updated on Tuesday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Feb 2018 15:08
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
River Levels have risen in the area after today's rain. Levels are particularly high on the River Yeo. Further rain is expected and flooding of low lying land and roads is possible on Saturday evening. Sunday will be showery, but rainfall totals will be significantly less. River levels are expected to return to normal winter levels overnight.


Flood Alert issued on 24 Jan 2018 16:22
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
The heavy persistent rainfall experienced this morning has cleared the area. There is potential for some areas to experience heavy showers late this evening and overnight into Thursday. River levels are mainly falling and within river banks. However, ground conditions are saturated and river levels will remain sensitive to any further rainfall. The flood alert for this area will remain in force overnight as further flooding to low lying land and roads is possible. Flooding to property is not currently 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 Thursday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 23 Jan 2018 15:45
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible in the morning of Wednesday the 24th of January. A band of intense rainfall is expected to reach the North Devon coast at 7am, lasting for approximately one hour. This is then followed by a less intense front of rain lasting through until midday. This rainfall will cause river levels to rise in the North Devon area. Catchments remain saturated from the previous rainfall, and we expect a fast response to this forecast rainfall. At present the expected river levels suggest that there may be flooding to low-lying land and roads. Some minor showers are currently forecast throughout Wednesday and Thursday. 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 22 Jan 2018 17:42
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible from the early hours of the morning of Tuesday the 23rd of January. The recent heavy rainfall has left catchments responsive to further rain. A front of rain will pass through the area from the early hours of the morning. This will cause river levels to rise across North Devon. At present the expected river levels suggest that there may be flooding to low-lying land and roads. Some minor showers are currently forecast for the afternoon of the 23rd of January. 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 21 Jan 2018 10:07
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible from late morning through to the evening on Sunday 21st January. Prolonged heavy rainfall overnight and throughout the day will cause river levels to rise and remain high across North Devon. 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, 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 07:37
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible on Thursday 4th January. Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the River Yeo area. This has meant that the River Yeo is now rising. Levels suggest that there will be flooding to low lying land and roads close to the river on Thursday morning. 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 Thursday afternoon or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Dec 2017 16:36
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the North Devon area. Rivers are now rising. Flooding of low lying riverside land is possible overnight on Friday 29 December into Saturday 30 December. There is a band of unsettled weather forecast to pass through the area over the course of the weekend which will keep river levels raised. Take care near watercourses and monitor your local weather conditions and travel updates. We are constantly monitoring river levels. This message will be updated if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 22 Nov 2017 17:06
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
Flooding is possible on Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. Heavy rain is predicted from 8pm on Wednesday and will cause river levels to rise, particularly on the Barnstaple Yeo We are not expecting any property flooding but low lying land and roads may be affected. There is a risk of standing water due to leaf debris blocking drains. We are constantly monitoring river levels. This message will be updated on Thursday morning or earlier if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 21 Jul 2017 12:50
River Caen, Bradiford Water, River Yeo
A band of heavy rain is moving east across Devon. Rain will be heavy at times particularly on high ground. River levels are forecast to rise quickly and will peak early afternoon. Rivers and surface water may cause flooding to low lying roads and land. If rain becomes slow moving or more intense than forecast, there may be some property flooding. Rain is expected to clear the area by 4.30pm, further rain is forecast over the weekend and into next week. Listen to local radio and weather forecasts, be aware of conditions where you are. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates if the situation changes. We have staff checking and clearing screens across Devon.