UPDATE: Damage along River Lim after sudden flooding

River Lim flood
Wooden benches were swept down the River Lim in Lyme Regis (photo by Vivien Keene)

Jordan Flats flood
The River Lim burst its banks outside Jordan Flats in Lyme Regis (photo by George Heath)

HEAVY rain on Wednesday night caused flooding problems in and around the Lyme Regis area.

The Met Office currently had a yellow warning for rain issued until 3am this morning (Thursday), meaning there may be some slight disruption on the road.

But as the situation has worsened last night, the Environment Agency contacted residents close to the River Lim to warn them that they were at immediate risk of flooding.

The Jericho and Jordan Flats area suffered the most damage after the river burst its banks, taking with it wooden footbridges and benches.

There was also a large amount of surface water at the bottom of Woodmead Road, with a drain overflowing, and some flooding in Windsor Terrace as the river spilled over its banks.

The main B3165 road through Uplyme village centre, along with adjacent lanes, the village hall car park and Venlake football pitch were flooded and Cooks Mead was closed.

The Talbot Arms reported that its wooden footbridge used to access its beer garden had been washed away.

The River Lim burst its banks in Jericho, Lyme Regis (photo by George Heath)

Axminster fire crew were called out shortly after 8pm last night to reports of a property in Harcombe, Uplyme, being flooded from an external source.

Once on the scene, crews made efforts to remove the water using a mini ejector pump. However, owing to the geography around the property, as well as the continuing deluge of rain, this was a long and steady process.

They were later called back to reports of a property fire in Uplyme.

Once on scene crews quickly confirmed that the alarm was caused by a falling tree taking out some electrical cables, causing a spark and some light smoke logging to one of the affected properties.

This incident was also attended by Colyton and Seaton fire crews, and Lyme Regis and Charmouth crews were also both present for the initial cause of the power line being down.

The River Char in Charmouth also burst its banks with Bridport fire crew’s wading team attending several flooding incidents in the area.

Charmouth flooding
Bridport fire crew’s wading team attended several flood incidents in Charmouth (photo courtesy of Bridport Fire Station)

Neighbouring East Devon towns of Axminster and Seaton were also hit by flooding, with some residential homes in Seaton evacuated and shops on Harbour Road flooded.

There were also reports of a landslide between Colyton and Whitford.

The fire service advises that you don’t make any unnecessary trips during bad weather and never drive through flood water, as vehicles can become stuck or even swept away in just 30cm of flowing water.

There is still much standing water and debris on the roads this morning so drivers are advised to be precautious.

River Lim flooding
Wooden footbridges along the River Lim were torn down by the floodwater (photo by Vivien Keene)
Woodmead Halls

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