UPDATE: Man evacuated due to flooding at Barnstaple property
A man was forced to evacuate his Barnstaple home after it flooded last night.
Police and fire crews were called to the property in Castle Street at around 8.30pm after the man rang 999 reporting water pouring from the ceiling.
One fire engine from Barnstaple was sent out just before 8.40pm after police asked for help getting into the property.
Due to the severity of the flooding, firefighters and police had to force entry to the house and once inside they discovered water pouring from the property above.
The crew managed to gain entry into the second floor flat above and isolate its water supply.
Police said a significant amount of water had flooded the flat below, making the man’s front room “uninhabitable”.
North Devon Council and North Devon Homes tried to find him alternative accommodation and he stayed in a hotel for the night.
Firefighters pumped water out of the living room and the front of the flat was boarded up, before emergency services left the property at around 10pm.
The duty of care was left with the property's occupier, who was advised to contact his insurance company.
Devon and Cornwall Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and confirmed the second floor flat, where the water was escaping, was unoccupied at the time.
Officers were unsure exactly how the water had ended up flooding the property, but said one line of enquiry was a burst pipe.