South Ham District Council has confirmed that waste and recycling collections remain suspended today.

Residents are urged not to leave wheeled bins out overnight as high winds are due to hit the South West. As soon as collections can safely be resumed we will let you know.

The Council are encouraging all residents to continue to keep an eye on their website and follow them on social media @SouthHams_DC where they will get the latest information about the service and when it can resume.

If your refuse or recycling is not collected as normal, please be patient and collections will be made as soon as possible.  Listen to local radio and television stations and we will update you as soon as we can.

Due to the adverse weather the Council has also closed its offices at Follaton House. Staff are still working remotely to provide as normal a service as possible.

So far the Council have provided accommodation for seven rough sleepers and offered accommodation for others at risk.  If you are concerned about someone at risk of rough sleeping during severe weather please contact 01803 861234 in normal working hours.  If it is outside normal office hours please call the emergency out-of-hours service on 0800 1694217.

Adverse weather conditions are affecting the operation of the Dartmouth Lower Ferry Service and due to low visibility, the ferries will not operate after 2:00 p.m. today. Please follow @SouthHams_DC on Social Media and listen to local radio stations and we will update you about when operations return to normal as soon as possible.

Please also be aware that there is a risk of flooding in coastal areas from Start Point to Teignmouth, with high tides predicted to arrive along with Storm Emma.  Strete Gate and The Slapton Line are currently open.

Please follow Devon County Council and the Coast Guard on social media (@devonalert @devonflood alert @MCA_media) and listen to local radio stations for the most up to date information about these roads as the storm approaches.

If you have neighbours without access to the website or social media, please pass on any messages that might affect them.