At 1802 on 17th February 2022, Devon County Council issued a bulletin warning that widespread disruption is likely across Devon tomorrow (Friday 18th February) as a result of Storm Eunice:
EXTREMELY STRONG WINDS ONLY TRAVEL IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY
Storm Eunice: ‘extremely strong winds’ to peak on Friday and continue over weekend
Widespread disruption is likely across Devon tomorrow (Friday 18 February) as the south west is expected to be battered by gale force winds caused by Storm Eunice.
Peak ‘Red Warning’ winds of up to 80 miles per hour inland and 90 miles per hour in coastal areas are likely from 7.00am – 12.00 noon, while an Amber Alert is currently in place until 6.00pm on Saturday, with strong winds set to last over the weekend.
Stay safe and only travel if absolutely necessary
We’re advising people to only go out during Storm Eunice if absolutely necessary as there’s a high chance that conditions will be quite unsafe, so please delay your journey if you can.
If you do absolutely have to travel, slow down, allow extra time and drive according to the conditions.
Such strong winds may well lead to fallen trees or branches and other debris on the roads, so be alert, particularly on minor roads where they may not have been reported.
Avoid overnight travel as roads will always be more hazardous at night with poorer visibility so it’s harder to see debris.
Remember, never drive through floodwater or swollen flowing water, you don’t know how deep it is. Find a safe, alternative route.
Extremely strong winds, large waves and high tides means there’s a severe threat of flooding along our coastline, so please stay away as beach debris is likely to be thrown onto seafronts, coastal roads and properties.
In the event of flooding, you can speak to a trained operator 24 hours a day seven days a week via
They can offer you immediate advice on flood risk, and what to do before, during and after a flood.
Damage to buildings and homes is likely, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down. Roads, bridges and railway lines are likely to close, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights.
In the event of a power cut, please call 105.
including what you can take to keep yourself safe until the problem is fixed.
The high winds are likely to result in the temporary closure of Taw Bridge, Barnstaple. Other bridges may also be affected. Wind speeds are being constantly monitored, so please check before you travel. If you must travel during a bridge closure please plan your journey, find a safer alternative route, and leave extra time.
The bulletin also contains links to information about school closures and school transport changes, as well as what to do in the event of a flood or power cut.
Devon County Council also offers continuous updates via their social media channels:
At 1050 on Thursday 17 Feb 2022, the Met Office issued an almost unprecedented RED Warning for Wind in the South West between 0700 and 1200 on Friday 18th February 2022.
The main text said:
Storm Eunice causing significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds on Friday.
Extremely strong west to southwesterly winds will develop over southwest England and south Wales early on Friday. Widespread inland gusts of 70-80 mph are likely and up to around 90 mph near some coasts, with dangerous conditions on beaches and seafronts. Winds are expected to ease from the west during the late morning.
What to expect:
- Flying debris resulting in danger to life
- Damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down
- Uprooted trees are likely
- Roads, bridges and railway lines closed, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights
- Power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage
- Large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes, including flooding of some coastal properties
Further details, and advice to help you deal with the worst of the weather, are available from the Met Office Bulletin site
Devon County Council issued a bulletin on 20th January 2022 in response to a statement in the House of Commons by the Prime Minister.
In the House, the Prime Minister had said:
“Today’s latest ONS data shows clearly that infection levels are falling in England. And while there are some places where cases are likely to continue rising, including in primary schools, our scientists believe it is likely that the Omicron wave has now peaked nationally.”
Hospital admissions nationally, he said, have now stabilised and the numbers in intensive care are falling. Mr Johnson also said that:
- from the next Thursday (27 January) mandatory certification will end, meaning people will no longer have to prove their Coronavirus status to gain entry to some venues;
- the government will no longer ask people to work from home, but that people should talk to their employers about arrangements for returning to the office;
- that it will no longer be compulsory to wear face coverings, starting this week in classrooms;
- there will be easing of restrictions governing visits to care homes.
But while the current rules around self-isolation remain in place, Mr Johnson said:
“There will soon come a time when we can remove the legal requirement to self-isolate altogether – just as we don’t place legal obligations on people to isolate if they have flu.”
He added that he does not expect to renew the current self-isolation regulations, when they expire on Thursday 24 March.
Steve Brown, Devon’s Director of Public Health, said in response:
“While we have seen a reduction in the overall number of people reporting a positive test in the past week, numbers are now stabilising, and we are seeing increased rates in younger children.
Case rates are still high and it is important that people understand that this announcement is not one of ‘freedom day’, but a reverting back to plan A.
Devon’s uptake of the vaccination is good, with more than 85 per cent of eligible people overall now having had their booster.
However, take-up of the booster is lower in some younger age groups, and it’s imperative that they and everyone who is eligible for their booster jab, comes forward as soon as they can.
Omicron is by no means a mild virus, and the symptoms to those who are unvaccinated or who have underlying health concerns can be extremely serious if not life threatening.
So while the Prime Minister is indicating light towards the end of the tunnel, my advice is that we are not yet out of the woods.
We must stay vigilant and alert to risk that is still around us.”
- “Being fully vaccinated, and boosted, gives us best protection from this virus. It’s not too late to start vaccinations, and there are now plenty of opportunities in Devon to get your booster jabs at walk-in and vaccination centres;
- wearing face coverings is still an effective and sensible precaution to continue in indoor and crowded spaces, especially with people you don’t know;
- regular lateral flow device testing for people with no symptoms is still the best way to identify those carrying the virus — as is taking a PCR test by people showing symptoms;
- keeping indoor spaces ventilated is a sensible precaution to reduce risk;
- and staying at home and avoiding others if you have symptoms of the virus or test positive for it, is still the most responsible way to avoid spreading it to others.”
“Please be cautious, let’s use our common sense, and continue to follow good basic public health advice.”
You may view the full Public Health bulletin from Devon County Council here.
On 14th January 2022, South Hams District Council sent out a new bulletin detailing changes to the Waste and Recycling Dates in January. In summary, the teams are now working 6 days a week and collection dates are now:
♻️ Friday 14 January – it will now be Monday 17 January
♻️ Monday 17 January – it will now be Tuesday 18 January
♻️ Tuesday 18 January – it will now be Wednesday 19 January
♻️ Wednesday 19 January – it will now be Thursday 20 January
♻️ Thursday 20 January – it will now be Friday 21 January
♻️ Friday 21 January – it will now be Saturday 22 January
From Monday 24 January onwards, all collections should return to normal.
You can view the bulletin as a web page here
From 11th January 2022, the Government changed its Covid testing system. People without symptoms no longer require a PCR test to confirm a positive lateral flow in England.
Devon County Council issued a news release to summarise the changes in Covid testing, explaining which test to get, where to get it in Devon, what to do with the results, and how long to isolate for.
You can read the full guidance release by clicking here.
On Friday 7th January 2022, Devon County Council released an update about Covid and its effects on the County. Its intention is to:
Help reduce risk for the sake of others as COVID-19 cases rise in Devon
It includes sections about:
- a new year message of hope from Devon’s Director of Public Health;
- help reduce risk for the sake of others;
- confirmatory PCR tests temporarily suspended;
- plenty of capacity at Devon COVID-19 vaccination sites;
- returning to school safely.
The update is available online and you can view it as a web page.
South Hams District Council has released a Christmas Update wishing a Merry Christmas and safe tidings from the council.
Their festive newsletter includes:
- the latest advice on Covid-19;
- details of the vaccination booster programme;
- council opening hours;
- changes to waste and recycling collections over the festive period;
- Dartmouth ferry changes;
- information on how to find services that could help this winter;
- details on how to follow SHDC Council Meetings from home in the New Year.
The newsletter is available online Click Here
South Hams District Council have published their table of revised waste and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year period.
A child who was at the Village Christmas party on Saturday on 11th December, has tested positive for Covid today (Monday 13th) using a lateral flow test, they are now awaiting PCR test results.
It is suggest you all those who attended the party test themselves at home to make sure they are safe.