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Flood warning after huge downpours

The South West has been hit by torrential downpours overnight, as one river was given the highest grade flood warning and the heavy rain continues to wreak havoc.

More than three inches of rain fell over Devon, causing rivers to rise quickly and streams to break their banks.

The Environment Agency put a severe flood warning on the River Yealm, meaning there is "severe flooding" and a "danger to life".

A spokesman said: "Rivers continue to rise quickly in response to heavy overnight rainfall.

"The rain is expected to clear on Saturday morning to generally drier conditions and river levels will begin to fall.

"Scattered heavy showers are expected to continue throughout the weekend."

The warning for the River Yealm was put in place between Cornwood and Yealmpton, including Cornwood, Lee Mill and Yealmbridge, where the A379 meets the B3186.

The Environment Agency has issued 57 flood warnings and 150 flood alerts across England and Wales.

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