LiveDry week forecast for Somerset

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Summary

  • No rain forecast for remainder of week
  • Motorist rescued from roof of car at 4.30am
  • Trains disrupted in and out of Taunton
  • Send us your flooding pictures via newsdesk@countygazette.co.uk or newsquestsomerset@gmail.com
  • Tweet updates to @CountyGazette

10:31pm

FREEZING overnight temperatures could turn rain on already-wet roads into dangerous ice.

Ice is due overnight in many parts of Somerset. 

 

 

7:14pm

NETHERCLAY Lane at Orchard Portman is closed both ways due to flooding.

It's affecting travel between Orchard Portman and Staple Fitzpaine.

Cheats Road at Ruishton is also closed due to flooding between Lipe Lane and Bushy Cross Lane.

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9:21am

Latest rail updates:

A BUS replacement service continues to run between Taunton and Exeter St Davids today (November 28) due to flooding in the Tiverton area.

National Rail Enquiries 

9:06am

A MOTORIST stranded on the roof of his car stuck in floodwater was rescued at 4.30am this morning (November 28).

Fire crews used boats to get along the A361 at Burrowbridge where a man was stuck on the roof after becoming trapped in deep water.

A more substantial road closure has again been put in place for this road.

8:49am

AMBULANCE crews from across the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) have been praised for their efforts during some of the worst storms and flooding in recent memory.

During the worst of the weather, between Wednesday, November 21, and Sunday, November 25th, SWASFT received 6,455 calls, an influx of 552 than the Trust would normally expect to receive at this time of year.

Ken Wenman, SWASFT chief executive, said: “The past week has been extremely challenging for ambulance personnel, who have battled against the elements to deliver the right care in the right place at the right time.

“Staff in our clinical hubs were also instrumental in helping to coordinate staff and dispatch vehicles during the severe weather conditions.

“On behalf of the Trust Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to formally acknowledge our staff for all of their hard work during the recent horrendous weather.”

10:08pm

THE A361 is closed both ways between A38 (West Monkton) and Load Pool (Othery) due to flooding.

5:31pm

SOMERSET looks set for some respite from recent heavy rainfall that has battered the South-West.

Dry weather is forecast for the rest of the week. 

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12:13pm

A CHARITY and Somerset County Council have linked up to provide emergency grants to help people hit by severe flooding.

Somerset Community Foundation wants to raise funds to help distressed families whose homes have been flooded.

The county council has committed to support the charity and to provide £50,000 from its emergency contingency fund to help get the campaign off the ground.

“This is a great idea where a successful charity and the County Council can work together to get emergency help direct to those people who need it most,” said cabinet member David Hall.

Anyone interested in donating to the charity fund can do so online at www.somersetcf.org.uk or text donation to WARM44 £ and then the amount of donation they would like to give to text number 70070.

For further details on how to make a claim if you have been affected by flooding, check out www.somersetcf.org.uk

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9:05am

SEVERAL flood warnings have been put in place by the Environment Agency this morning (November 27).

They include:

  • River Tone from Roughmoor to French Weir and downstream of the Obridge Viaduct to Creech St Michael including Ruishton. Water levels on the River Tone at Bishop's Hull are rising.
  • River Tone (upper) from Waterrow to Bishops Hull.
  • Halsewater Stream from Norton Fitzwarren to Bishops Hull.
  • Combe Sydenham to Williton including Monksilver, Woodford, Yarde and Stream.

8:27am

Latest rail updates:

DUE to flooding at Castle Cary, trains from Taunton TO London Paddington are being diverted through Bristol, and trains FROM London Paddington to Taunton are being delayed by up to an hour.

11:24pm

A FLOOD alert is in place on the River Tone from Clatworthy Reservoir to Currymoor, the Hillfarrance Brook, the Halsewater Stream and other tributaries in the Tone's catchment.

Between 10 to 15 mm of rainfall is forecast between tonight (November 26) and midday on Tuesday. Tuesday afternoon is forecast to be dry.

The River Yeo from Yeovil to Langport is on flood warning.

The Environment Agency says properties in Langport may be at risk of flooding due to general water levels on the moors.

If you want further information contact Floodline on 0845-9881188

11:17pm

Latest rail updates:

FIRST Great Western are advising passengers not to travel on the Bristol Temple Meads to Plymouth route, which passes through Taunton.

CrossCountry are not running trains between Exeter St Davids and Taunton tomorrow (November 27) - a bus service will be in operation.

CrossCountry and First Great Western are accepting each others tickets between Bristol Temple Meads and Exeter St Davids.

First Great Western passengers with tickets dated for today (November 26) can use them tomorrow.

7:46pm

MOTORISTS have been told not to travel to Muchelney, near Langport, by police.

Flooding has effectively cut-off the village and all roads leading into Muchelney are impassable and vehicles are urged not to attempt to drive into or pass through the village.

Emergency services who are in the village have been carrying out door-to-door enquiries to ensure residents in the village are not in difficulty.

Residents have advised that they wish to stay in their homes and do not want to be evacuated.

One elderly woman with medical requirements has been moved from her home to stay with relatives.

Emergency services remain in the area operating alongside each other to well-rehearsed plans monitoring the situation and working together to support the local community.

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3:11pm

COUNCIL officials have held emergency talks with the Environment Agency to assess the damage left by the deluge of rain across Sedgemoor.

The heavens opened on Wednesday and continued off and on until the early hours of Monday morning, flooding many homes and businesses and causing motorists to abandon their vehicles.

A spokesman from the Environment Agency said a meeting will be held on Thursday between officials from Taunton Deane Council, Sedgemoor District Council (SDC), Somerset County Council, Somerset Drainage Board, county land owners, the NFU and more.

He added: “We always work alongside SDC as a partner agency and have been meeting to discuss things such as emergency evacuation planning and how we can work to help residents.

“Some of the things discussed will be the management of flood waters and flood plans.”

SDC’s clean surrounds staff have being working to reduce the impact on Sedgemoor residents and property. Multi agency emergency meetings are being held regularly to respond to local forecasts.  

A spokesman from SDC said: “Strategic Housing staff have been, and continue to be, on-standby in case any emergency evacuations are required in the Sedgemoor district. Concerned residents can get in touch via 0845 408 2540.”

Alan Hurford, Bridgwater Town Council clerk, said the low level land on the Meads has been flooding, along with Bridgwater football ground, Fordgate, Cannington, Stawell, Moorland, and other areas in and around the town.

He added: “We are conscious of the amount of rain that has fallen, which has had an effect on land already sodden with water.

“We are in support of the action taken by the authorities involved in emergency plans.”

Somerset County Council donated thousands of man hours, put up hundreds of barriers and cones, helped dozens of motorists and even had to manufacture more flood warning signs in almost a week’s worth of heavy downpours.

Deputy Leader David Hall said: “Our staff and contractors have filled us all with a great deal of pride, really getting stuck in and helping keep Somerset moving in spite of the extraordinary conditions over the past week.”

Workers were standing in a fast flowing river removing branches wedged against a bridge that threatened to flood homes and waded through filthy water to help residents while arranging for stranded motorists to stay in local pubs.

 

2:38pm

TRAINS between Castle Cary and Taunton are being delayed by up to 60 minutes due to flooding.

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11:51am

THE Local Choices event due to take place from 7pm tonight (November 26) has been cancelled due to ongoing weather concerns and difficult driving conditions.

Parish, town and district councils, as well as voluntary and community organisations, were to meet Somerset County Council members and officers to discuss services after communities showed an appetite to get more involved.

Another date for the event will be arranged in the near future.

11:16am

POLICE have confirmed there are no plans to evacuate the Burrowbridge area.

10:34am

JULIE Christodoulou woke up this morning (November 26) to find her garden in Taunton Road, Bridgwater, under water.

She said: “We couldn’t walk down the garden last night. It was like a mini river coming through.

“Luckily there’s a drain by the conservatory. It might have come up from the well, but it might have come from Hamp, which flooded very badly.

“Water’s got a power of its own.”

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9:36am

Heavy showers are expected today, possibly leading to more localised flooding due to the saturated ground.

The area is not expecting any more prolonged periods of rain this week although a blast of icy weather is expected towards the end of the week.

For the latest live travel information, click here.

9:33am

Standing water is affecting routes into Taunton this morning.

This was the scene in Victoria Park this morning.

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9:19am

HUGE tailbacks are causing misery for motorists on the A358 between Thornfalcon and Henlade.

Westbound traffic is almost at a standstill. 

9:15am

FOUR properties in Langport were so badly flooded firefighters were unable to help the homeowners.

Crews to called to Muchelney at around 2.45am this morning.

Flooding was so bad they were unable to assist.

9:07am

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9:03am

THERE is slow moving traffic on the A38 between Taunton and Wellington.

Traffic is tailing back from Rumwell to the Chelston roundabout, causing congestion near the Worlds End.

One lane is reportedly closed by Rumwell Farm Shop.

8:52am

8:48am

CROSSCOUNTRY are not running trains between Exeter St Davids and Taunton.

A bus service will run between the stations due to flooding in the Tiverton Parkway area.

CrossCountry and First Great Western are accepting each others tickets between Bristol Temple Meads and Exeter St Davids.

To check any disruption to your service, click here.

8:44am

DESPITE a dry start to the day for many, more rain is expected later (November 26).

There are currently 60 flood warnings across the South-West issued by the the Environment Agency, as well as 60 flood alerts.

The Met Office has also issued a yellow warning of rain for Somerset.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "We’re urging people to remain vigilant and be prepared for further flooding as more rainfall is forecast.

"Be prepared – sign up to receive flood warnings if you’re in a flood risk area and stay away from dangerous flood water.

"Heavy rain on Saturday and overnight into Sunday has caused severe flooding and disruption in South-West England."

10:19pm

THE RIVERS Yeo from Yeovil to Langport, the River Parrett from Langport to Bridgwater, the Rivers Cary and Sowy, the Kings Sedgemoor Drain and their tributaries have been in recession today (November 25).

However, the Environment Agency says a further frontal band of rainfall is expected across the South West during this evening.

This will be followed by several hours of showery activity during the early hours of Monday morning.

Flood alerts will remain in force for several days since it is expected that all rivers will respond to this further forecast rainfall.

River levels on the River Yeo at Pen Mill, River Yeo at Ilchester and River Parrett at Langport Westover are currently stable. The drain level at Langport Westover pumping station is 8.88m and is rising slowly.

10:13pm

THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has said the ground across the South-West is now so saturated that it won’t take much to push the water over the edge.

The water levels of the River Tone (lower) at Creech St Michael and Ham peaked overnight on Saturday (November 24) following last night’s heavy rain.

Levels have been in decline today (November 25), but a further frontal band of rainfall is expected across the South West tonight.

This will be followed by several hours of showery activity during the early hours of Monday morning.

An average of 13mm of rainfall is generally expected, however, localised totals of 20mm could be experienced.

River levels on the River Tone at Bishops Hull are currently falling but are expected to rise in response to the forecast rainfall tonight.

10:05pm

TAUNTON Rugby Club has been flooded with up to six inches of water.

Most of the floor coverings were removed and dehumidifiers were installed on Thursday. Insurers have been notified.

All games were cancelled this weekend to include the juniors on Sunday, November 25.

9:46pm

DEVON and Somerset Fire and Rescue have been busy attending flooding rescues this evening (November 25).

Fire teams have dealt with more than 500 incidents in the last 24 hours, mainly between 8pm and 2am this morning, and a total of more than 1,200 in the last five days.

A spokesman said: “The fire service have been in attendance all day to wide spread flooding across Devon and Somerset area.

“Fire crews have been helping to divert water and help people whose houses have become flooded using light portable pumps and mini ejector fans.”

At around 5pm today crews rescued a woman from a house surrounded by flood water in Thorney, Langport in Somerset.

Then at 6.25pm two Tavistock crews pumped out water from a basement in building at Lydford, Okehampton. They also provided flooding assistance in an underground car park in Livermead, Torquay.

At 6.50pm they helped homeowners after a property flooded in Frogmore, Kingsbridge.

They also helped to push a car to dry land on a road from Bishops Lydeard to Bridgwater, rescued three people from water at Cullompton and rescued someone from water off the A358 junction at Broadway, Ilminster.

Last night two people were rescued from a car in floodwater on the Hinkley Point road, near Storgursy and on the A38 at Rumwell, Bishops Hull.

8:29pm

Trains between Taunton and Bristol are disrupted this evening due to a landslip near Bristol. 

For updates, see our live travel feed, click here and for the First Great Western site, click here.

5:41pm

FIRE service has attended 51 incidents of cars being stuck in flood waters in Devon and Somerset in the last 24 hours.

A spokesman said: "It is impossible for motorists to tell how deep water is, they should not attempt to drive through it."

4:44pm

STANDING water on the A358 next to the Cross Keys pub has cleared off the main road.

More rain is set to hit the region over the next 2-3 hours - you can keep us updated with how things are looking near you by emailing newsquestsomerset@gmail.com or messaging us on Facebook and Twitter.

3:57pm

A MOTHER of two is watching the skies after her home was flooded twice this week.

Vicky Searle, 41, has already removed the carpets, had furniture ruined and moved her family upstairs after her home in Northbrook Road, Cannington, became waterlogged in up to 2ft of rain.

She said: “It started on Wednesday when the back garden became flooded. The water had come off the roads from the top of the village.

“I’ve been flooded out twice this week. I’d just finished clearing up the damage from the first lot by Friday, when more rain fell in the early hours of this morning (November 25) and the house is now full of mud and silt.

“It’s horrendous. I’ve got two kids and they were at home on Wednesday when I heard them saying ‘Mummy, water’s coming in the house’. It’s such a strange sight.”

Vicky is now urging officials to consider a flood action plan and increased drainage in the area.

“Something defiantly needs to be done,” she said.

3:09pm

FIRST BUSES UPDATE: In Taunton, the 22a service (Taunton - Rockwell Green) is unable to serve Runwell & Heatherton Park after being diverted via the M5.

The route will now go between junctions 25 and 26 as the A38 is closed from Taunton to Wellington Road

2:52pm

The Allerford Inn, just outside Taunton, is pictured still under around 1ft of floodwater.

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2:15pm

Mike Lang took these photos in East Brent, near Burnham.

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1:38pm

A CANNINGTON councillor has described the chaos left in the wake of floods last night (November 24) as “grim”.

Councillor Ian Dyer, for Cannington and Wembdon, has been assisting residents after rain hammered down into the early hours of this morning.

He said: “It’s hard to assess how much damage has been caused and how many homes have been affected but I’ve seen many people taking out carpets and trying to dry out their homes. It was grim.

“The water was deeper than it was on Wednesday and some places were even two deep for my Land Rover to pass through. Many areas could only be accessed by tractor.”

He said he has looked over the flood release scheme for the area but feels officials need to consult local people to find a more effective plan.

“The problem is the Quantocks get full of water, which means it then just flows everywhere,” he added.

“We tried to move cars which were parked by a stream between The Friendly Spirit pub and the butchers’ shop. By that point water was in the footwell.

“There was a really nice Jaguar left there because the owners were on holiday. We didn’t have the keys to move it and the water just poured in.”

He thanked Yeo Valley for donating absorbent material in an attempt to soak up and stop the water continuing through the streets.

1:18pm

These photos were taken by Doug lowe today (November 24) in Ruishton, which has been flooded since Wednesday.

He said: “A pump from the Environment Agency has been working flat out but four cottages have been flooded and three houses so far.”

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12:58pm

These photos were taken at Hyde Egg Farm in Bathpool, near Taunton, by Jeff Searle.

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Ernie Richards, farm worker, cleans up after the flooding.

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Farmer Rob Ashman's daughter Molly helps clear some of the flood water

12:42pm

Creech St Michael, near Taunton. Photos: Jeff Searle.

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12:37pm

Flooding in Hamp, Bridgwater. Photos: Jeff Searle.

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12:33pm

The water level gets a bit close for comfort for people in Creech St Michael.

Photographer Jeff Searle took this photo earlier today.

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12:11pm

“THE FORCES of nature are not to be reckoned with”, says a landlord who has been battling to protect her business from a torrent of flooding over the past five days.

Fiona Scott, whose pub, the The Allerford Inn, near Taunton, has been under around 1ft of water since Wednesday, is preparing for the next wave of rain later today.

She said: “We’ve done everything we can to stop the water, putting out sandbags and moving the furniture to higher spots. But it’s no use – the forces of nature are not to be reckoned with.

“It’s frightening how widespread the flooding is. It’s had a catastrophic effect on our business and I imagine many others are in the same boat.”

And a boat may be the best form of transport for those living near the pub in Norton Fitzwarren, as Fiona described the car park as a ‘boating lake’.

“The deepest water outside is around 4ft and inside it’s about 1ft. The rain seems to have been coming non-stop, making the roads impassable,” she added.

“The water flows in a torrent. Everyone we’ve spoken to has said they have been here for years and never seen it like this before.”

Fiona, who runs the business with her partner, John Scargill, said the pub had also flooded in April this year, but not to such a large extent.

“It was just the front part of the pub,” she said. “This is much worse as it has affected the whole building.

“We had a new carpet since last time and repairs cost us tens of thousands of pounds. This time more equipment has been affected so it will be worse.”

The couple have done everything they can to hinder the murkey water, even having the water gates repaired as the sheer pressure of the flood water distorted the shape of the gates.

Fiona said: “I just don’t know what else to do. They need to look at putting in better flood prevention measures or this will keep happening.”

12:10pm

THERE has been a small landslide on the A358 at Torweston near Williton.

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11:56am

A361 between East Lyng and Burrowbridge is closed and the water is still rising.

Large vehicles are able to just drive through the water but the locals say the road will be closed for quite a few days.

11:34am

Goodlands Gardens is the latest victim to the floodwater as the River Tone starts to spill over.

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11:26am

RAILWAY UPDATE: Line problems between Taunton and Castle Cary due to flooding.

Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 mins or diverted at short notice. 

Also line problems between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton with train services delayed by up to two hours.

First Great Western customers are advised NOT to travel unless absolutely necessary due to the limited infrastructure available.
 

11:24am

A38 Taunton - Bridgwater clear however roads are wet and slippery take care.

A38 Taunton - Wellington is still closed however it is passable for the moment. Avoid using it unless you have to.

11:21am

River levels on the River Yeo at Pen Mill, River Yeo at Illchester and River Parrett at Langport Westover are rising.

The drain level at Langport Westover pumping station is 8.64m and is rising.

11:20am

River levels on the Halsewater Stream at Halsewater peaked at 8am this morning (November 25), but are beginning to fall.

11:19am

THE LOWER area of the River Tone at Creech St Michael and Ham has gone from having no flood alerts to a red flood warning this morning (November 25).

An Environment Agency Spokesman released a statement in the early hours of this morning. He said: “The rainfall has now generally passed out of the area.

“However, some showers may still occur in localised areas.”

However, today a further band of rainfall is expected to cross the South West during the afternoon.

This rain will be followed by further heavy pulses, which may align to give locally large accumulations of rainfall.

River levels on the River Tone at Bishops Hull are rising.

11:06am

THE floods near Taunton Deane Cricket Club and the entrance to Vivary Park proved the perfect chance for one person to get some kayaking practice in.

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10:57am

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The Met Office still have a yellow weather warning for the county as another system is set to bring more rain and wind.

A spokesman said: "After a drier interlude, further heavy rain is expected to affect Wales and southwestern parts of England during Sunday afternoon and evening.

"Given existing levels of saturation, the public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding."

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9:22am Sun 25 Nov 12

souwesterly says

To keep the rainfall figures up to date, I might as well let you know that there was no rain on Friday!
However.....to make up for it, there was 32.0 mm in my gauge yesterday.
That makes it 115 mm of rain in a week.....
And that wind didn't half rattle things around during the night although the peak gust here (where I'm a bit sheltered) was 23 mph.
Hope you all survived - to look forward to the next round.

10:51am

MORE tragedy strikes following heavy rains in Exeter last night (November 24) where a woman in a tent was killed by a falling tree.

A huge spruce came crashing down at 11.50pm on Saturday in Western Way, Exeter, and trapped the 21-year-old. Two other people were injured.

Police said the woman had been living in a small tent sheltered against the wall at the roadside when the tree fell on it. She died almost immediately.

The deluge of rain overnight also resulted in about 30 properties being flooded after the River Kenn burst its banks in the village of Kennford.

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10:44am

6,500 sandbags distributed by South Somerset District Council since Friday.

On last night's rain, leader of South Somerset District Council Ric Pallister says: "I have never seen anything like it."

Flooding has caused severe flooding and damage to properties in South Petherton.

10:40am

LANDLORDS of a Cannington pub are still assessing the damage after flood water invaded the whole building within an hour last night (November 24).

Mike and Linda Andison, of The Friendly Spirit, watched hopelessly as the water made its way up the garden, car park and into the pub between 11pm and 12am.

Mike said: “At 11pm it was fine. Then by 12am the bar area was under around six inches of water.

“We were up until 4.30am this morning clearing up and trying to get rid of the water, which has gone down now. But we’re still assessing the damage.”

The couple had put barriers in place after the deluge on Wednesday but it didn’t stop the fast flow of the water last night.

“The water just overcame the bridge,” said Mike. “The council needs to have a look at the depth of the brook and look at outing in more drainage or a flood diversion.”

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Mike Andison, of The Friendly Spirit, mops up after the flooding. Photo: Jeff Searle.

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Mike Andison asked a farmer to place hay stacks in front of his pub, The Friendly Spirit, in Cannington. It did not stop the floodwater. Photo: Jeff Searle.

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The inside of The Friendly Spirit pub, in Cannington, following flooding. Photo: Jeff Searle.

10:34am

The A38 at West Buckland is closed.

First Bus say their 22a service is diverted via the M5 due to the closure so is unable to serve Rumwell.

For travel updates, click here

10:32am

Readers Benjamin Murray and Chloe Martin found a large salmon washed up in Taunton.
They said: “We were walking the dogs in Longrun near French weir and we came across a huge washed up Salmon!
“This is very odd in the River Tone and must have been caused by the floods!”

See the picture below.

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10:15am

Six people were rescued from caravans at a holiday park in Blue Anchor overnight.

 

Fire crews used boats to reach the stranded people in the early hours of today (Sunday).

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said it also checked through 95 other caravans at the site.

10:10am

Some road and rail updates:

The A361 at East Lyng between Taunton and Glastonbury is flooded.

There is flooding on the A39 at Carhampton.

Flooding at Wootton Courtenay 

The B3168 at Hambidge is flooded.

Stoke Road in Martock is open again.

Motorways are said to be problem-free

For the live travel feed, click here

 

10:07am

By 8am on Sunday morning, the Environment Agency (EA) said there were two severe flood warnings - the highest alert possible - in place, both in the South West, 220 flood warnings, mostly affecting the South West and the Midlands, and 254 flood alerts.

A number of flood alerts were issued for the South West.

 

Click here for the Environment Agency website.

The M5 was shut between junction 25 and 26 last night but has been reopened and there are no reported problems on the motorway this morning.

 

Emergency services, rescue crews and EA bosses worked throughout the night to help stricken communities and spread messages of safety to people following four days of uninterrupted rainfall.

9:56am

Roads are closed and rail travel is seriously disrupted as Somerset wakes up to more flooding chaos this morning (Sunday).

The rain stopped in the small hours last night of more than 12 hours of solid downpours.

After a sunny start to the day, more rain is forecast from about 3pm this afternoon.

First Great Western train services are advising people not to travel unless they have to with problems expected between Exeter, Taunton and Bristol today.

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10:11pm

THE UPPER area of the River Tone from Waterrow to Bishops Hull has gone from having no flood warning in place this morning (November 24) to a red flood warning tonight.

The heavy rain will continue through the night until around 3am tomorrow, with up to 40mm of rain expected to fall in the area.

River levels on the River Tone at Greenham are rising and the rainfall is likely to be accompanied by strong to gale force westerly and north westerly winds.

10:07pm

A RED flood warding has just been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Isle from Chard Reservoir to Hambridge (November 24).

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue overnight until around 3am tomorrow morning. Around 20 to 30 mm is expected to fall overnight, with the possibility of up to 40mm in localised areas.

Adding to the chaos, the rain is likely to be accompanied by strong to gale force westerly and north westerly winds.

River levels on the River Isle at Donyatt and River Isle at Ashford Mill are rising in response to the current heavy rainfall.

10:01pm

THE ENVIRONMENT agency has warned up to 40mm of rain could fall locally overnight (November 24) around Langport, Bridgwater and in further parts around Sedgemoor.

A flood alert is still in place for the River Yeo from Yeovil to Langport, the River Parrett from Langport to Bridgwater, the Rivers Cary and Sowy, the Kings Sedgemoor Drain and their tributaries.

In a statement a spokesman from the EA said: “Rain is persisting in the area this evening, and is likely to become much heavier overnight.

“Generally 20 to 30 mm is expected overnight, with possible localised totals of 40 mm.

“The heaviest rain is likely to be between 8pm tonight and 3am tomorrow morning. This rainfall is likely to be accompanied by strong to gale force westerly and north westerly winds.”

River levels on the River Yeo at Pen Mill are rising but levels on the River Yeo at Ilchester and River Parrett at Langport Westover are stable. The drain level at Langport Westover pumping station is 8.54 m and is stable.

But river levels in both the River Yeo and River Parrett could rise in response to the forecast rainfall overnight.

5:49pm

FIRE crews were sent to the aid of three people who were trapped in a car near Langport this morning (November 24).

Two fire appliances from Martock were sent to reports of people trapped in a car in floodwater on the road from Huish Episcopi to Mulchelney at around 11am.

On arrival at scene the crews donned dry suits and water safety equipment to release three people from one vehicle, who were successfully removed to higher ground.

5:35pm

A 90-YEAR-OLD woman who was stuck on the first floor of her home in North Curry near Taunton was rescued by fire crews this morning (November 24).

A call was received by fire teams at around 10am, which reported the pensioner, named locally as Diana Mallows, stuck in her property on New Road following severe flooding in the area over the past four days.

Her home is located right next to the River Tone, which had risen and flooded the surrounding fields and road.

A fire engine from Taunton, a rescue tender which carried an inflatable boat and a rescue team from Bridgwater, who specialise in water rescue at level 3, were all deployed to help the woman.

On arrival crews from Taunton had to relocate and use different roads due to being unable to proceed through the road to the property, which was engulfed in deep flood water.

Later two firefighters were deployed in dry suits with the boat from the rescue tender attempting to reach the property, but due to the depth of the water the specialist rescue team from Bridgwater was deployed to come to the woman’s aid.

At 11.19am crews confirmed the lady was rescued from the first floor of the property and transferred her to waiting ambulance crews in a place of safety.

12:13pm

A FLOOD alert remains in place by The Environment Agency for those living near the River Yeo from Yeovil to Langport, the River Parrett from Langport to Bridgwater, the Rivers Cary and Sowy, the Kings Sedgemoor Drain and their tributaries.

Rains will be persisting this afternoon and are likely to become much heavier for a time this evening.

Around 20 to 35 mm is expected over the next 24 hours, with the heaviest rain predicted to fall between 8pm and midnight tonight (November 24).

River levels on the River Yeo at Pen Mill, River Yeo at Ilchester and River Parrett at Langport Westover are currently stable.

However, the River Parrett catchment is saturated and water levels are anticipated to rise again overnight in response to the forecast rainfall.

12:06pm

The Environment Agency has warned rain is spreading across the River Tone area today (November 24) from Clatworthy Reservoir to Currymoor, the Hillfarrance Brook, the Halsewater Stream and other tributaries in the River Tone catchment.

A spokesman said: “Rain will be persisting this afternoon, and is likely to become much heavier for a time this evening.

“Generally 20 to 35 mm is expected over the next 24 hours. The heaviest rain is likely to be between 8pm and midnight tonight, with possible localised totals of 50 mm during this period.

“This rainfall is likely to be accompanied by strong to gale force westerly and north westerly winds.”

However,  water levels on the River Tone at Greenham, Bishops Hull and Taunton have fallen, alongside levels on the Hillfarrance Brook at Milverton and the Halsewater Stream at Halsewater.

But the River Tone catchment is saturated, therefore it is expected the rivers will rise again overnight in response to the forecast rainfall.

11:56am

First Great Western is taking people by buss between Exeter and Tiverton. Journeys are expected to be increased by up to two hours. Some buses will also go to Bristol via Taunton.

11:53am

The Environment Agency says parts of Wales and the South West will be among the worst areas to be hit by flooding today (November 24). The average forecast is for around one inch of rain, which is around a quarter of a month’s rain fall.

Places where a lot of rain has fallen over two days have become swollen and saturated. This could prove a challenge later today, when more rain makes its way across Somerset.

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Steady rain is falling in the Taunton this morning and the forecast is for it to continue all day.

The downpours are likely to lead to more localised flooding leading to disruption on the roads and rails.

Most sporting fixtures are also expected to be wiped out today.

For the latest forecast, click on the icon below and for the latest travel news, click here.

9:54am

The Fire and Ice event in Taunton town centre today has been cancelled, reports BBC Somerset.

No one from the Town Centre Company was available for comment to confirm the decision, which is said to have been taken due to the continuing bad weather.

9:37pm

PEOPLE living across Somerset may face further disruption tomorrow (November 24) after the Met Office has warned up to 30mm of rainfall is expected.

The rain is predicted to arrive around 7am on Saturday and last up until 12pm, which looks set to be heavy at times and is expected to lead to localised flooding.

A brief pause in the deluge is expected on Sunday, however, the rain is anticipated to return in the evening.

Cannington has been one of the places worst hit by the floods and homeowners are still clearing up after the damage.

Cannington and Wembdon Ward Councillor Ian Dyer said: “It hit us really hard on Wednesday morning but got worse as the water came from the Quantocks by the afternoon.

“Around 20 to 30 homes have been flooded, along with The Friendly Spirit pub. We moved a number of cars that were too close to the stream, but some owners were on holiday so the water has just leaked into those.”

9:05pm

There is queuing traffic near Taunton on the A358 Obridge Viaduct Eastbound between the A38 Toneway/Priory Avenue and M5 J25 (Taunton), leading to congestion on the A378.

9:01pm

The road has been blocked both ways due to flooding between Creech St Michael and Thornfalcon, where it is particularly severe. 

Cars have tried to pass through and have become stuck in water. It may affect those travelling in and out of Taunton.

8:54pm

The A361 has been closed in both directions  due to flooding between Lyng and Burrowbridge. Traffic is having to turn around and go back toward Taunton.

8:18pm

STUDENT police officers have been helping the public to tackle the widespread flooding across Somerset.

They have been training with police community support officers at police headquarters and have been swept up in the multi agency response to flooding incidents.

Inspector Bridget Maddaloni said: "This has been a valuable practical exercise under supervision.

“It has enabled the students to get experience of a dynamic incident, assisting with traffic control, liaising with the public and also working with those in other emergency services and partner agencies.”

On Wednesday night (November 21) PCSO student officers were sent to Taunton to battle with severe weather conditions, including flooding in the area. They provided support at cordons, reassuring and providing advice to residents and shop owners.

The following day student officers once again attended Taunton, where high winds and heavy rain were forecast, with threats to the already saturated area.
They provided advice, guidance and reassurance to residents and traders.

Students also went to the North East Somerset area, where heavy rain contributed to flooding.  Traffic had to be diverted due to water in the road and also because a tree had fallen on a parked car. They helped arrange safe removal of the vehicle.

3:32pm

BOSSES at Bridgwater College's Cannington Golf Centre made the decision this week to close the golf course.

The deluge on Wednesday (November 21) meant the course was not suitable for play and it is still closed.

However, the driving range is still open and visitors can make the most out of a special offer of a free basket of golf balls.

Junior Saturday class will still be taking place (at the Driving Range).

Organisers apologised for any inconvenience caused and are hoping to open it again tomorrow (November 24).

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THIS flooding on Longrun Meadow in Taunton was captured by a County Gazette reader.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding 2012

2:45pm

OFFICIALS at the Environment Agency have warned communities in Somerset to prepare for more flooding this weekend.

A spokesman said: "There is a continued risk of surface water and river flooding across the South-West this weekend.

"River flooding is likely with the possibility of significant disruption, particularly across Devon and Somerset.

"Emergency teams from the Environment Agency have been working around the clock to maintain defences, monitor river levels, clear blockages from watercourses and pump out flood water from towns and villages.

"Latest figures show that 125 properties across the South-West have flooded since Tuesday.

"Flooding has a devastating impact on people, families and communities and our thoughts are with those who have flooded this week.

‘We urge people to continue to be prepared for flooding, sign up for Environment Agency flood warnings, keep up to date with the latest situation, and stay away from dangerous flood water.

"It is especially important people avoid driving through flood water. It could be deeper than you think."

2:04pm

NEIGHBOURS on a Burnham estate renowned for flooding have said this week’s downpours resulted in elderly residents trapped in their homes.

Lorraine Hansford, of Sycamore Close, woke up to find water had come up above the footpaths and made its way to driveways after downpours began Wednesday (November 21).

She said: “The elderly residents at the end of the road can’t get off their property because the water has come right up into gardens.

“Luckily our doors are on the side of the property, or it could have come into the house.”

But Lorraine said the area is often prone to flooding after a fair amount of rain.

“It’s not the first time this has happened but it sounds like it’s the worst,” she said.

“Every time there’s a lot of rain the road floods but this time we couldn’t see the footpaths for water and it came up people’s drives.

“I don’t know if there’s a broken pipe somewhere, but this keeps happening and someone needs to take responsibility and fix the drainage.”

Lorraine also runs her own taxi business, Beach’s Cabs, and said the weather has severely affected getting around the area.

“It takes longer for me to get from place to place because there have been a few road closures.

“Drivers should be careful of debris in the road, due to high winds, and should not attempt to drive through flood water if it looks too high or they’re unsure.”

12:43pm

A HOMEOWNER has told the Mercury of her shock when she discovered her parked car trapped in a mudslide following heavy rains last night (November 22).

Lorna Rossiter, from Shovel Lane in North Petherton, was alerted by neighbours that her car could be damaged after torrential rain caused a 10ft high bank to crumble and fall into the road.

She said: “It happened at around 6pm. My neighbour saw the bank literally just falling into the road.

“I called the council and police but they were inundated, so I had to dig my car from the mud.

“I’d moved it hours earlier to block my bins in because the winds had blown them about. If I’d have parked it where I usually do it would have been completely covered in mud.”

But as Lorna tried to free her car she noticed another problem. “The bank that usually keeps the water in the field had fallen so the water was running into the road.

“I was worried it wouldn’t have anywhere to go and create further flooding, but it eventually soaked into the mud.

“I’d say the amount of mud that came down was enough to fill two cars.”

10:56am

FLOOD rescue specialists who spent a whole day waiting on the outskirts of Bridgwater, amid fears of severe flooding, were sent home at 10pm last night.

The team, which included volunteers from as far afield as Manchester, Norfolk and Cornwall, spent the day holed up at Bridgwater Services, off junction 24 of the M5. 

Tamsin Thomas, RNLI spokeswoman, said: "We were poised and ready but at about 10pm, it was decided to send everybody home."

See below for how we covered the story last night.

"SPARE a thought for the team of flood rescue specialists called to deal with possible severe flooding in Bridgwater, who have spent the day........in a service station.

The team, including RNLI volunteers from Cornwall and members of other organisations from as far afield as Norfolk and Manchester, were deployed this morning following concerns about the River Parrett at high tide this afternoon.

But as yet, there has been no emergency.

 

Tamsin Thomas, RNLI spokeswoman, said a few minutes ago: "We are still on standby and haven't been deployed yet.

"The team had reason to believe there were going to be quite serious problems with heavy rain, driving winds and low pressure, adding to the floodwater that was there.

"We are still being told that we could be deployed at any moment."
The team has been waiting patiently at Bridgwater Services, off junction 24 of the M5, all day."

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LIZ Elmont sent these pictures in to us of Sampford Mill Farm near Sampford Brett and of the area near Williton Station. 

 

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Somerset floods November 2012.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Somerset floods November 2012.

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9:05am

PEOPLE in parts of Taunton, Wellington and Bishops Lydeard are experiencing power cuts this morning (November 23).

Western Power says it hopes to have electricity back on within an hour.

9:02am

THE coroner has been informed after a man died when his car was trapped in flood water near Bath.

Just before 9pm last night, emergency services were alerted to reports of a vehicle in water at Pilgrims Way, Chew Stoke.

Fire crews arrived and several members of the swift water rescue team, based at Bedminster Fire Station, went into the water and recovered a man from the vehicle.

Paramedics administered CPR and he was put into an ambulance but pronounced dead.

The coroner has been informed and there will be a full investigation into the circumstances.

7:47am

THERE is reported to be flooding on the Cross Keys roundabout on the west side of Taunton and near the railway bridge at Norton Fitzwarren.

There are no trains between Exeter and Taunton.

Click here for our live travel feed.

7:16am

THE Environment Agency still has 45 flood warnings in place for the South-West.

The forecast is better for today but there could be more heavy rain over the weekend. 

A man died in Chew Stoke, in North Somerset, last night, after his car got stuck in flood water. 

Fire crews were also called to reports of two people stuck in a car in floodwater in Cheddon Fitzpaine, at around 9pm. 

Crews used dry suits to reach the occupants, who were already out of the car. 

They were escorted to dry land.

Keep up to date with all the latest flood news here.

Tweet updates to @CountyGazette or email photos and information to newsdesk@countygazette.co.uk

9:20pm

COUNTY Gazette readers have been providing updates on the flood situation where they are.

Sandra Jean Binding says fire crews are at Rockwell Green, where flooding is causing chaos.

Tara Rowland reports that people in Foxdown Terrace, Wellington, are without electricity.

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8:20pm

River Parrett bridge at Langport reportedly closed.

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Bit more news about bus services. 

 

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Bit more news about bus services. 

 

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SPARE a thought for the team of flood rescue specialists called to deal with possible severe flooding in Bridgwater, who have spent the day........in a service station.

The team, including RNLI volunteers from Cornwall and members of other organisations from as far afield as Norfolk and Manchester, were deployed this morning following concerns about the River Parrett at high tide this afternoon. 

But as yet, there has been no emergency.

Tamsin Thomas, RNLI spokeswoman, said a few minutes ago: "We are still on standby and haven't been deployed yet. 

"The team had reason to believe there were going to be quite serious problems with heavy rain, driving winds and low pressure, adding to the floodwater that was there.

"We are still being told that we could be deployed at any moment."

The team has been waiting patiently at Bridgwater Services, off junction 24 of the M5, all day.

7:48pm

Police and ambulance crews seen heading out of Taunton towards Wellington a short time ago.

The A38 is currently blocked off at the roundabout with Silk Mills Road. 

The road is flooded around the Bradford-on-Tone and Rumwell areas.

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POLICE have issued a warning to drivers travelling on the roads of Somerset to take extra care and only travel if necessary.

The Met Office suggests steady rain will move through the South-West from Cornwall through Somerset.

Steady rainfall is being predicted with some intensive short spells.

This could result in further flooding of some roads, especially in low-lying areas and those which run alongside watercourses.

The Met Office has suggested the rain will be accompanied by high winds, which could reach speeds in excess of 40mph, which could lead to fallen trees.

In anticipation of inclement weather that is being predicted throughout Somerset this evening, the following advice is being provided for motorists:

*Try to avoid making unnecessary journeys

*Try to plan your trip in advance, allowing for possible delays

*Try to keep to main roads, avoiding avoiding small country lanes in low-lying areas that are close to watercourses/drainage channels and which have traditionally flooded

*If you have to drive through flood water, drive carefully and consider other road users especially pedestrians

*Avoid parking near to watercourses

*Try to avoid walking or driving into flooded roads as there may be hidden dangers (potholes, cambers and roadside drainage ditches or watercourses). You also risk getting into danger yourself and emergency services may be diverted away from a genuine emergency to help you

*Members of the public should also avoid going to look at flooded areas. Flood water can rise quickly and trap you and this can disrupt the efforts of the emergency services, who anticipate being fully stretched will be responding to priority calls, where life is threatened

*Members of the public should follow the advice of police officers and police community support officers at any cordoned-off sections of road.

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4:52pm

WESTERN Power is dealing with electricity loss in the following areas:

North Curry

Wellington

Wrangway

Sampford Arundel

Sampford Moor

Whiteball

Stoke St Mary

Stoke St Gregory

Burlescombe

4:40pm

A CEREMONY to launch the new Avon and Somerset Volunteer Police Cadets scheme, due to take place tonight (November 22), has been postponed.

New cadets from Somerset West were due to meet senior and specialist officers at events at the force’s Portishead Headquarters and at Taunton Police Station.

Officers have decided the cadets, who are aged from 14, should not be making an unnecessary journey in the current adverse weather conditions. No new date has yet been announced.

4:35pm

AN electricity pylon has been blown over outside the Cottage Inn, Champford Lane, Wellington.

Police have set up a cordon and fire crews are assisting Western Power engineers at the scene.

Around 200 people are without power at Sampford Moor.

4:23pm

THIS was the scene at Taunton Rugby Club after flood water gathered on the pitches at Hyde Park.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Taunton Rugby Club, Somerset Floods, November 2012

4:21pm

OFFICIALS at the Environment Agency have warned further heavy rain this evening could lead to more flooding in Somerset.

A spokesman said: "Run-off from already wet fields and other areas could lead to further river and surface water flooding, and strong winds could worsen surface water flooding, as wind-blown leaves and debris block drains."

There are currently 33 flood warnings and 56 flood alerts in force across the South-West.

The Agency has also advised the public to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater.

Agency official Nick Moore said: "We also ask people stay safe, by staying away from swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through flood water.

"Environment Agency teams have been mobilised across the country to check on flood defences, clear river blockages and monitor river levels.

"These teams work around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding, and will be out in force over the coming days. Environment Agency flood defences have protected more than 2,000 properties in the past 24 hours."

Flooding has already led to significant travel disruption and the Environment Agency continues to keep the Highways Agency and rail operators up to date with the latest forecast.

Saturday and Sunday are set to see more wet weather across the country with the possibility of further significant disruption caused by flooding.

4:18pm

SOME homes in the Langport and North Curry areas are now without electricity.

4:12pm

EMERGENCY lifeboat crews are stationed at a service station on the M5 ready to be deployed in Somerset if needed.

RNLI spokeswoman Tamsin Thomas said crews are at Bridgwater Services and may be deployed to low-lying areas if emergency water-based assistance is needed.

With rain forecast this evening and high winds continuing to batter the county, crews have been advised to wait at the services until the early hours of the morning.

3:54pm

WESTERN Power say they hope to have electricity back with their 199 customers in Sampford Moor by 8pm.

A spokesman said: "We have identified the problem and have men working on it now."

3:37pm

THE A358 is reportedly blocked both ways at Norton Fitzwarren due to flooding.

Click here for the latest traffic news. 

2:59pm

AROUND 200 people living in Sampford Moor, near Wellington, have been without power since lunch time today (November 22).

1:18pm

ALL ‘A’ roads in the county that have been closed due to the floods are now open.

12:39pm

CHRISTINE Human, who lives in Williton, has been in touch with an update on the situation in her village. 

She said: "This little meandering stream that runs through the centre of Williton is now fierce but levels are still bearable. We are just monitoring it as worse weather is anticipated.

"The automatic flood warning equipment just beside here is much appreciated, let's hope everyone looks after their neighbours."Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News:

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A PHOTO gallery showing the extent of some of the flooding across the county can be viewed here .

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I would just like to say how sorry we as a family are for the flood victims.
We are lucky to live in an area of Chard that is not liable to flooding.and count ourselves very lucky.

10:47am

PHOTOGRAPHER Harry Trump took this image of the outfield at Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in Somerset, November 2012

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TRAIN services both northbound and southbound from Taunton have been cancelled for the second day, with replacement buses in operation.

Passengers are advised to check details of their journeys with National Rail before travelling.

9:58am

IN Stawell: Sam Griffiths, 19, lives in the village. He said: “I’ve never seen it as bad as this before. Ford Lane floods every now and then but never on such a large scale as this.

 

“The other roads leaving the village have also been flooded. I hope this doesn’t last too long.”

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9:57am

IN Stawell: People were out in force with shovels, trying to clear the drains which were becoming clogged with leaves and other debris washed loose by the water.Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News:

9:56am

IN Stawell: Huge sacks of leftover garden soil and black bin liners were used to barricade doorways in an effort to keep back the murky water, which was running from the fields surrounding the village.

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9:55am

Rail services are suspended on CrossCountry between Plymouth and Bristol Temple Meads due to flooding at Tiverton Parkway.

Services are unable to run south of Bristol. Also affecting First Great Western services. Crosscountry do not have an estimate for normal service.

Click here for travel updates.

9:53am

MERCURY reporter Kirsty James was stranded in Stawell, Bridgwater, yesterday (November 20) as the whole village woke up to a torrent of floodwater.

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9:46am

Heavy rain showers are hitting the Taunton area at the moment with further deluges, expected to lead to localised flooding, due this afternoon.

For the latest weather forecast, click on the icon below and for live travel updates, click here.

9:33am

SPECIALLY trained lifeboat crews will arrive in Bridgwater this morning amid fears of further flooding.

Around 20 volunteers, members of the RNLI’s Flood Rescue Team, are heading up from their base in Saltash, Cornwall.

An RNLI spokesman said: “There are concerns that the low lying area could flood around the time of the high tide tomorrow lunchtime.  

“The team will head to Bridgwater with pre-prepared flood rescue kit, including a D class inshore lifeboat and a smaller inshore rescue boat as used by RNLI lifeguards.

"They’ll also be joined by colleagues from the RNLI area around the charity’s headquarters in Poole, Dorset, who will rendezvous with the south-west team at 12.30pm.”

RNLI Inspector Tom Mansell, who is leading the team, said: “We’ve been expecting to be tasked, especially given the huge amount of rain we’ve already had and forecasts of more to come.

“There’s a strong wind blowing and very low pressure, and this tied in with high water around midday tomorrow, is threatening the low lying areas around Bridgwater.

“Only recently the RNLI south west Flood Rescue Team were put through their paces at a special training event held at Hayle in Cornwall where they practised many of the specialist techniques needed when dealing with flood water. 

“Now we are preparing to put these skills to good use in assisting our emergency service colleagues in Somerset.”

Formed in 2000, the RNLI Flood Rescue Team is available at 24 hours notice to deploy anywhere in the world where waterborne search and rescue is needed due to natural disaster.

7:12pm

FIREFIGHTERS say they have dealt with more than 400 flood incidents in Devon and Somerset today.

A fire service spokesman said a short time ago: "Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are still experiencing a high amount of calls to flooding incidents across the service area.

"Since the rainfall began early this morning at 2.12am, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have attended 422 incidents due to flooding with 20 incidents still on-going.  

"There are 20 appliances at present committed, plus two appliances from Avon Fire and Rescue Service and one appliance from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service in assistance.

"Two specialist rescue teams are also committed to incidents. A floodwater rescue is on-going at Creech St Michael, Taunton and an animal rescue from floodwater at Bradford on Tone.

"We have one appliance in assistance to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service attending a three appliance property fire."

4:06pm

Cabinet member Cllr Harvey Siggs has said: “In these conditions, you sometimes just have to stand back and say there is little more you can do, we’ve had nearly 30mm of rain falling in just a few hours and the volume of water has been too much for some rural drainage systems to cope with.

The huge overnight downpour came after a wet summer that in some areas has seen more than a 280% rise in the average rainfall in Somerset. “The fields and moors are already saturated, the groundwater level is unusually high and then we get a deluge overnight, it’s a real double or even a triple whammy.”

Somerset County Council officers are continuing to liaise with other local authorities, Police, Fire and voluntary groups to ensure they are as prepared as possible for any further issues.

Council Leader John Osman said: “I’d like to thank in particular voluntary groups who have already come forward to help such as Wessex 4x4, we really value their contributions.”

Although the flooding was caused directly by the volume of rainwater falling in a short time, Somerset County Council has increased its road gangs to clear drains of autumn leaves.

Cllr Siggs said: “We’re doing everything we can to get this rainwater draining away.

“I think the public driving into work during the day and seeing the amount of water running off the fields can understand that sometimes there are issues you just can’t easily resolve.”

3:39pm

Taunton Academy will close their North Site tomorrow because the school say their staff cannot get into work.

Children at the South Site were sent home today but have been told that the school will be open as normal tomorrow.

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Vivary Park in Taunton is likely to be closed for days following severe flooding in the wake of torrential rain.

The closure comes just six months after Taunton Deane Borough Council was forced to close the park after it was left under feet of water in late April when Somerset was hit by severe rain storms.

The closures are unprecedented and the latest flooding is worse than in the spring. Neighbouring Taunton Deane Cricket Club is also under water.

Council staff will monitor water levels in the park and reopen it as soon as it is possible.

3:02pm

A TRAIN approaches flooded tracks at East Lyng, near Taunton.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in Somerset, November 2012

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2:33pm

Reports that high tide on the River Tone is at 3pm.

Keep checking back for updates as to the extent of flooding.

2:09pm

The latest list of schools that are closed in some capacity because of the flooding:

Bishops Lydeard Primary School

Cannington Primary School

Curry Rivel Primary School

High Ham Primary School

Bishops Lydeard Primary School

Churchstanton Primary School

Bishop's Hull Primary School

Cossington Primary School

Curry Mallet Primary School

Kingsbury Episcopi Primary School

Langford Budville Church of England Primary School, Wellington

Neroche Primary School

North Curry CofE Primary School

Quantock Federation School

Rockwell Green Primary School

St Mary & St Peter's Primary School - Barrington & Ilton Bases

Stawley Primary School

Stoke St Gregory Primary School

Thurlbear School

Wellsprings Primary School, Taunton

Winsham Primary School
Wiveliscombe Primary School

1:53pm

THE A38 between Taunton and Wellington is re-open but has been reduced to one lane by the Willowbrook Garden Centre.

Insp Stuart Bell, from Taunton Police Station, said: "The road is passable with care. 

"Water has reduced on low-lying roads but standing water is still causing significant problems.

"We emphasis that motorists need to treat the roads with care and drive slowly."

1:43pm

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in Fairfax Road, Bridgwater.

Diane Suckling submitted this photo of Fairfax Road in Bridgwater.

1:42pm

Deputy news editor Nicholas Wakefield-Heaven snapped this photo from a balcony at Pegasus Court.

It shows the extent of River Tone bursting its banks next to Morrisons in Taunton.

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This video was sent in by reader Mike Tofield.

He said: "The video is shot outside our home showing not the road we are used to seeing but what appears to be a fast running river strong enough to carry rocks the size of a fist down the hill.

"The flooded area in the video is in Northay, Chard, Somerset."

 

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Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in North Newton

Mike Jones sent in this picture from North Newton, where he says villagers are "essentially marooned by the flooding."

Send in your Bridgwater area pictures to newsdesk@bridgwatermercury.co.uk. 

11:54am

THE clear-up begins in Rockwell Green, Wellington.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in Somerset, November 2012

11:52am

EXTENSIVE flooding has hit the Willowbrook Garden Centre between Taunton and Wellington once again. The centre only recently reopened after a previous serious flooding incident.

11:43am

FLOODING update from Devon and Somerset Fire Service:

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are experiencing a high amount of calls to flooding incidents across the Service area.

Since the rainfall began early this morning, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have attended 51 incidents due to flooding with 38 incidents still on-going.


At 10.30am the service received 311 calls for assistance since the first flooding incident which took place at 02:12.

As well as 18 rescues from vehicles caught in floodwater, one involving two people who were attempting to rescue cattle.

At 10.30am the service were attending 12 live rescues from vehicles caught in flood water and assisting the ambulance service with a person who is diabetic and caught in flood water.

At this time there were 110 live incidents happening throughout Devon and Somerset, with 42 pumping appliances committed, with one appliance from Avon Fire & Rescue Service and three appliances from Dorset Fire & Rescue Service in assistance.

Two Specialist Rescue teams are also committed to incidents.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service offer some useful advice which could help prevent accidents during heavy rainfall and flooding:

People should bear in mind the following safety tips:

• do not attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded. Vehicles can float away in just two feet of water

• if your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately if safe to do so and seek higher ground.
• do not travel in heavy rain storms unless absolutely necessary. Keep an eye on weather reports on local television or listen to local radio.
• do not attempt to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow water moving fast can sweep you off your feet and there may be hidden dangers such as open drains, damaged road surfaces, submerged debris or deep channels; these can cause serious injuries or even death

• children should not be allowed to play in flood water, which can become contaminated with sewerage and chemicals

• do not smoke, eat or drink whilst in contact with floodwater and always wash your hands afterwards

• following a flood in your home, make sure all electrical circuits are fully dried out and checked by an electrical engineer before switching back on can cause serious injuries or even death.

11:40am

LATEST event cancellations from Somerset County Council:

Learning Disability Service
Providers Event: Williams Hall, Stoke St Gregory - 09:30 – 12:30, 21 November 2012
Information Events for Carers
How People Receive Short breaks:  The Wyvern Club, Taunton, TA1 3BJ -  09:30 – 12:30, 21 November 2012
How People Receive Short breaks:  The Old Barn Club, Yeovil, BA20 2NX - 13:00 – 15:00, 21 November 2012
How People Receive Short breaks: Wells Town Hall, Wells, BA5 2RB - 18:30 – 20:30, 21 November 2012

11:34am

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in Shurton.

Flooding in Shurton, near Hinkley Point. 

Photo sent in by Bex Dunn.

11:22am

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Tonedale flooding

THIS photo showing the scale of flooding at Tonedale on the road between Wellington and Milverton was sent in by reader Anne.

11:02am

MAIN Road in Cannington is badly flooded - although it has not been closed and lorries are still coming through from the A39. 

Robin Phipps, who has lived in Main Road for 60 years, said: "It's a disgrace that nobody has put up a sign from the A39 into Main Road, saying the road is closed.

"All the spray is getting into people's homes and nearly knocking people off their feet if they're walking by.

"There are neighbours of mine in their 90s who have had their homes flooded and myself and other villagers have been helping to pump them out.

"It shouldn't be like this. The road should be closed until the water goes down.

"Why aren't there any councillors here doing something about it?"

10:55am

A VAN driver abandoned his vehicle on the A38 at Rumwell.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in Somerset, November 2012

10:40am

 

10:39am

10:19am Wed 21 Nov 12

D Garland says

West Somerset Community College is also closed today!!!!!

10:39am

ROADS update from Somerset County Council:

Significant surface water flooding on most of the low lying highway network.  The higher ground is seeing rapid surface water run-off from adjacent land on to the highway – in some cases carrying a large amount of debris. 
 

Of particular note:
A39 Polsham – passable with extreme care
A361 Steambow near Pilton – serious flooding
Cannards Grave, Shepton Mallet – flooded
A39 Nether Stowey – road closed
A39 Cannington – road closed
A371 Croscombe – river expected to burst its banks – major flooding expected

10:34am

CONTRARY to an earlier report on this feed, Kingsmead School in Wiveliscombe is OPEN to students who can make it in today.

10:26am

FLOODING at West Buckland

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding at West Buckland, Somerset, in November 2012

10:24am

A GARAGE under water at  Hatch Beauchamp.

 

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in Hatch Beauchamp, Somerset, in November 2012

10:17am

 

10:16am

10:15am

READER Laurna Kingsley says: "Neroche Primary in Broadway is closed due to flooding, the grounds are under a foot of water and at present only one road into Broadway is passable, via Horton. Broadway Bridge is underfast moving water."

10:10am

READER Dave Jones has emailed to say: "Tried to travel from Merriott to Ilminster this morning at 9am.

"Lopen, deep flood water, almost totally impassible, only 4x4's could get through.

"Merriott, deep water at lowest point of village at roundabout towards Crewkerne.

"A356 towards A303 from Merriott, several deep floods, almost totally impassible, a car off into a hedge at one point, one or the floods is fast flowing water, not worth risking trying to pass through. Gave up and went back home."

10:07am

LATEST list of school closures:

Bishops Lydeard Primary School
Churchstanton Primary School
Bishop's Hull Primary School
Cossington Primary School
Curry Mallet Primary School
Kingsbury Episcopi Primary School
Langford Budville Church of England Primary School, Wellington
North Curry CofE Primary School
Quantock Federation School
Rockwell Green Primary School
St Mary & St Peter's Primary School - Barrington & Ilton Bases
Stawley Primary School
Thurlbear School
Wellsprings Primary School, Taunton
Winsham Primary School

10:05am

A TRACTOR ploughs through flood water in Stoke St Gregory earlier this morning.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in Somerset, November 2012

10:05am

POLICE have given an update on roads around Taunton and Wellington.

The A38 is completely closed, while the A38 Wellington bypass is passable with care but very slow moving.

The A358 at Henlade is also narrowly passable, while roads around Orchard Portman, Corfe, Thornfalcon, Wrantage, Monkton Elm and Milverton are badly hit.

Insp Stuart Bell, of Taunton Police Station, said: "This is an exercise in common sense.

"The rain is causing significant problems and people are still trying to go through puddles in their cars. Motorists should avoid anywhere with low-lying roads.

"The A38 is completely closed, not helped by traffic coming off the M5 at junction 26 to try and avoid a crash."

10:00am

There are reports motorists are being turned away from Market Street, in Highbridge, because of flooding.

Sycamore Close, in Burnham, is also badly affected.

Send your Burnham and Highbridge area flood news to newsdesk@burnhamnews.co.uk or call 01278-727960.

9:59am

Latest from Taunton Deane Cricket Club as water is six inches higher than six months ago when they were last flooded.

The water is only an inch or so from their clubhouse.

Pictured is chairman Jason Squire and groundsman Mike Priestley.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: TDCC flooding

9:58am

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding at St John Street/Cranleigh Gardens junction, Bridgwater.

The junction of Cranleigh Gardens and St John Street, in Bridgwater, this morning.

Send your Bridgwater flood news and pictures to newsdesk@bridgwatermercury.co.uk, or call 01278-727960.

9:57am

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in Cranleigh Gardens, Bridgwater. 

Flooding in Cranleigh Gardens, Bridgwater, this morning. Send your Bridgwater flood news and pictures to newsdesk@bridgwatermercury.co.uk, or call 01278-727960.

9:56am

9:55am

THIS was the scene in Charlton Road, Creech Heathfield, earlier this morning.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in Somerset, November 2012

9:54am

9:53am

Road between Langley Marsh and Wiveliscombe is blocked by floodwater, say readers. Wiveliscombe Primary School is closed.

9:48am

Latest from Somerset Waste Partnership:

Wednesday 21 November. Large parts of Somerset are experiencing flooding and associated traffic delays. There is a high risk of disruption to the collection service.

Recycling Centres at Poole (Wellington) and Williton are currently closed due to flooding or power failure. We will update this site as things change

If your collection is missed, staff will return as soon as conditions improve. If necessary crews will work late and on Saturdays to catch up. Residents should put out refuse or recycling by 7am for three working days; if no collection is made by then, take back in and put out by 7am on the next usual collection day.

Extra waste will be accepted alongside containers. Put rubbish in black sacks, recycling in carrier bags and food in covered buckets or with rubbish.

9:27am

FLOODING in North Curry.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in North Curry, Somerset, in November 2012

9:18am

TAUNTON Deane Cricket Club is another victim of the floods.

Treasurer Steve Neilson said club members are at the ground with sandbags to try and stop floodwater from getting into the clubhouse.

The club's ground was flooded just six months ago when the Sherford Stream, a tributary to the River Tone burst its banks, causing chaos to their cricket fixtures.

Below is a picture of the ground when it flooded earlier this year.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Taunton Deane Cricket Club president Peter Warren

9:17am

THE car park of the Cross Keys pub near Taunton resembles a swimming pool this morning, readers have told the Gazette.

8:59am

A FULL council meeting of Somerset County Council which was due to take place this morning has been postponed.

8:59am

LATEST list of school closures:

Churchstanton Primary School School - closed today due to flooding on the roads

Closure at Bishop's Hull - Just to let you know that I have closed Bishop's Hull primary School today due to over 50% of teachers not being able to get in through floods!

Curry Mallet Primary School - School closed today as no access to School due to floods.

Kingsbury Episcopi - Will you please note that Kingsbury Episcopi School is closed today due to localised flooding and no access to the school site.

Langford Budville Church of England Primary School, Wellington - The school is closed today due to the extreme weather conditions all roads to village are flooded. Notice about tomorrow will be posted

North Curry CofE Primary School - The village and roads leading in are flooded and only a couple of staff members can get in. Also parents cannot get the children through the floods it is treacherous and the rain shows no sign of easing.

Rockwell Green Primary School Closed - today due to severe flooding

St Mary & St Peter's Primary School - Barrington & Ilton Bases Both Bases of the school are closed today, Wednesday 21st November

Thurlbear School - Would you please note that their is no access to Thurlbear School due to flooded roads and the school is closed.

Wellsprings Primary School, Taunton - Foundation Stage Unit ONLY closed today due to lack of qualified teachers.  Rest of school is open.

Wiveliscombe Primary School - whole school closed.

8:56am

8:52am Wed 21 Nov 12

Joyfulbichon says

A first for me...Winterhay Lane, Ilminster flooded. I think all the building along there is blocking the drains with endless mud.

8:56am Wed 21 Nov 12

blackmasquerade says

Flooding around Woolavington, Bawdrip and A39, though passable with care. Amazed how stupid some drivers are to think they can go through floodwater at speed, only to grind to a halt and cause tailbacks - idiots!

8:56am

 

8:55am

OTHER roads known to be affected by flooding include the A38 between Taunton and Wellington as well as the A3259 at Monkton Heathfield. Leave your hotspots using the comment facility below.

8:55am

REPORTS that St John Street in Bridgwater is particularly bad this morning. Send any Bridgwater area pictures to newsdesk@bridgwatermercury.co.uk

8:47am

AN overturned car on the M5 near Wellington is adding to the travel chaos in Somerset this morning.

Two lanes of the motorway are closed northbound at junction 26 following the incident. It is not known if the crash is weather-related.

8:44am

8:43am Wed 21 Nov 12

garyjscott says

Parts of West Buckland now inaccessible due to deep water. From M5 J26 into village deep water. Large patches of floodwater in all low areas, up to waist height. If on school run for West Buckland, advise going from J26 via Ruggin, over the hill and into West Buckland.

8:44am

THIS photograph was taken by a driver in Norton Fitzwarren this morning, where the road was almost impassable. Send your pictures to newsdesk@countygazette.co.uk.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Flooding in Somerset, November 2012

8:42am

COMEYTROWE Lane in Galmington is severly flooded with firefighters currently on the scene.

Reports are also coming in of flooding at the Chelston roundabout near Wellington, leaving the road impassable.

8:28am

8:27am

8:26am

TORRENTIAL rain is still falling across much of Somerset, making already-flooded roads worse.

However, weather experts predict the rain should largely cease by 10am, with sunshine expected this afternoon to help soak up some of the excess surface water.

8:23am

 

8:22am

HAZARDOUS driving conditions have been reported on the M5 in both directions as surface spray causes problems for motorists.

Commuter Nick Wakefield-Heaven, who drives to work in Taunton from his home in Portishead, said: "The M5 between Bristol and Somerset is badly affected by surface water this morning.

"Drivers were slowing down in the treacherous conditions."

8:14am

 

 

8:08am

A SPOKESMAN for Berry's Coaches has said all school runs this morning have been cancelled due to the adverse conditions.

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7:10am

AMONG roads said to be badly affected by water are:

The A358 near Cross Keys.

The A39 between Wells and Glastonbury.

The A39 between Minehead and Williton.

The road between Taunton and Monkton Heathfield.

B3187 at Milverton.

 

You can use the comment facility below to add more flooding hotspots, email us on newsdesk@countygazette.co.uk, Tweet our papers @CountyGazette , @BWMercury , @BHWeeklyNews or call us on 01823-365100.

7:01am

WEATHER officials say 25mm has fallen across Somerset in the last 12 hours, prompting flood warnings for properties near to parts of the rivers Tone and Parrett.

6:54am

DIFFICULT driving conditions have been reported on roads near Milverton and Norton Fitwarren, while the A39 between Minehead and Williton is understood to be impassable due to deep-lying water.

6:49am

FLOOD warnings are in place across much of the county today after heavy overnight rain fell onto already sodden ground leaving roads and properties under water.

The fire service has attended incidents overnight in Ilminster, Wellington, Highbridge and Williton, among others and the Environment Agency has issued multiple flood warnings for the county.

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8:43am Wed 21 Nov 12

garyjscott says...

Parts of West Buckland now inaccessible due to deep water. From M5 J26 into village deep water. Large patches of floodwater in all low areas, up to waist height. If on school run for West Buckland, advise going from J26 via Ruggin, over the hill and into West Buckland.
Parts of West Buckland now inaccessible due to deep water. From M5 J26 into village deep water. Large patches of floodwater in all low areas, up to waist height. If on school run for West Buckland, advise going from J26 via Ruggin, over the hill and into West Buckland. garyjscott
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8:52am Wed 21 Nov 12

Joyfulbichon says...

A first for me...Winterhay Lane, Ilminster flooded. I think all the building along there is blocking the drains with endless mud.
A first for me...Winterhay Lane, Ilminster flooded. I think all the building along there is blocking the drains with endless mud. Joyfulbichon
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8:56am Wed 21 Nov 12

blackmasquerade says...

Flooding around Woolavington, Bawdrip and A39, though passable with care. Amazed how stupid some drivers are to think they can go through floodwater at speed, only to grind to a halt and cause tailbacks - idiots!
Flooding around Woolavington, Bawdrip and A39, though passable with care. Amazed how stupid some drivers are to think they can go through floodwater at speed, only to grind to a halt and cause tailbacks - idiots! blackmasquerade
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9:07am Wed 21 Nov 12

suzannegough says...

is minehead road still impassable from williton?
is minehead road still impassable from williton? suzannegough
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9:09am Wed 21 Nov 12

Edwap says...

"A SPOKESMAN for Somerset County Council has said all schools in the county are open except for Old Cleeve School."

Interesting - the list published is longer than one school (and the official list doesn't even include Old Cleeve!) https://slp.somerset
.gov.uk/Pages/defaul
t.aspx


Also - one of my friend's kids go to Stoke St Gregory Primary which is also closed.
"A SPOKESMAN for Somerset County Council has said all schools in the county are open except for Old Cleeve School." Interesting - the list published is longer than one school (and the official list doesn't even include Old Cleeve!) https://slp.somerset .gov.uk/Pages/defaul t.aspx Also - one of my friend's kids go to Stoke St Gregory Primary which is also closed. Edwap
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10:19am Wed 21 Nov 12

D Garland says...

West Somerset Community College is also closed today!!!!!
West Somerset Community College is also closed today!!!!! D Garland
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11:10am Wed 21 Nov 12

RustyKnight says...

Robin Phipps is complaining "Why aren't there any councillors here doing something about it?"

Hasn't he heard, there are floods all over the place, they are probably too busy elsewhere!
Robin Phipps is complaining "Why aren't there any councillors here doing something about it?" Hasn't he heard, there are floods all over the place, they are probably too busy elsewhere! RustyKnight
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11:14am Wed 21 Nov 12

RustyKnight says...

I hope someone makes sure EDF know about the problems on the roads between the M5 and Hinkley Point today.
I hope someone makes sure EDF know about the problems on the roads between the M5 and Hinkley Point today. RustyKnight
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12:08pm Wed 21 Nov 12

RustyKnight says...

Typical Mercury, they put a weather forecast with 100% rain on it and outside is blue sky and sunshine!
Typical Mercury, they put a weather forecast with 100% rain on it and outside is blue sky and sunshine! RustyKnight
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12:13pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Ipavlo says...

Re-Robin Phips: Councillor Colin Allen has been out helping since 7.30am, he got so wet and cold he came home for a shower and went straight back out again. If you see him give him a coffee!
Re-Robin Phips: Councillor Colin Allen has been out helping since 7.30am, he got so wet and cold he came home for a shower and went straight back out again. If you see him give him a coffee! Ipavlo
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12:42pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Mi_Coc says...

RustyKnight wrote:
I hope someone makes sure EDF know about the problems on the roads between the M5 and Hinkley Point today.
I will tell them later when I see there partner management team.
[quote][p][bold]RustyKnight[/bold] wrote: I hope someone makes sure EDF know about the problems on the roads between the M5 and Hinkley Point today.[/p][/quote]I will tell them later when I see there partner management team. Mi_Coc
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12:55pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Wellyboy says...

The River Tone near Tone bridge as been rising very fast. The bridge over to Morrisons from St James Street is closed as the river is flowing very fast and looks like it will burst.
Overheard someone saying there is about another 1ft worth of what to come

Ouch
The River Tone near Tone bridge as been rising very fast. The bridge over to Morrisons from St James Street is closed as the river is flowing very fast and looks like it will burst. Overheard someone saying there is about another 1ft worth of what to come Ouch Wellyboy
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1:06pm Wed 21 Nov 12

SheilaA says...

To the person in Cannington who said where are the Councillors THEY were out trying to slow traffic down going through Cannington, moveing cars from the Brook area District Councillor Ian Dyar was also helping and I as a councillior was trying to get the police to stop traffic coming through Cannington but was told we have no more police to do anything and no more signs to put out as it is so bad all over Somerset all resurces are being used.The Parish Council were doing all they could. If Mr Phipps wants to make his views felt the Environment Agency will be at the next Council Meeting.they are the ones to talk to
To the person in Cannington who said where are the Councillors THEY were out trying to slow traffic down going through Cannington, moveing cars from the Brook area District Councillor Ian Dyar was also helping and I as a councillior was trying to get the police to stop traffic coming through Cannington but was told we have no more police to do anything and no more signs to put out as it is so bad all over Somerset all resurces are being used.The Parish Council were doing all they could. If Mr Phipps wants to make his views felt the Environment Agency will be at the next Council Meeting.they are the ones to talk to SheilaA
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1:24pm Wed 21 Nov 12

LookingForLiars says...

Yes, we have had biblical rain, but some of this flooding is avoidable if SCC maintained our drains and culvert's. But they don't.
The only way is to do it yourself !
Yes, we have had biblical rain, but some of this flooding is avoidable if SCC maintained our drains and culvert's. But they don't. The only way is to do it yourself ! LookingForLiars
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1:57pm Wed 21 Nov 12

RustyKnight says...

Apparently the A39 between Cannington and Bridgwater is now clear.
Apparently the A39 between Cannington and Bridgwater is now clear. RustyKnight
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2:06pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Phill S says...

North Curry Flooding is nearly cleared by the Post Office and the Moor is getting a little higher!

http://instagram.com
/p/SS0-dZBbH-/
North Curry Flooding is nearly cleared by the Post Office and the Moor is getting a little higher! http://instagram.com /p/SS0-dZBbH-/ Phill S
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2:43pm Wed 21 Nov 12

RustyKnight says...

Don't know how your tide times work but according to the http://www.tidetimes
.org.uk website, high tide was at 12:34
Don't know how your tide times work but according to the http://www.tidetimes .org.uk website, high tide was at 12:34 RustyKnight
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4:50pm Wed 21 Nov 12

somersetsteve says...

I would just like to say how sorry we as a family are for the flood victims.
We are lucky to live in an area of Chard that is not liable to flooding.and count ourselves very lucky.
I would just like to say how sorry we as a family are for the flood victims. We are lucky to live in an area of Chard that is not liable to flooding.and count ourselves very lucky. somersetsteve
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8:26pm Wed 21 Nov 12

souwesterly says...

At the top end of Eastwick Road yesterday there were 3 SCC men (and a lorry) collecting the leaves. Woweee! Now, if they'd cut back on the pen-pushers instead of the workers, we might have had ten - perhaps twenty; maybe more, crews out and about making sure that drains and gullies were clear to take the rain.
The only mitigating factor is that the Met Office, while forecasting rain, gave little indication of a deluge until perhaps 24 hours prior to it happening.
But, why did no-one see this coming - without the aid of the Met Office?
The last couple of Novembers have been relatively dry - but you only have to look back three years to see that we had much the same then.
I recorded 174mm (in Priorswood) in November 2009 - but although there were floods, many went away remarkably quickly because the water could drain off easily.
No chance this year, with all the rubbish and leaves uncollected.
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I have so much feeling for those who are flooded out. It must leave you feeling so utterly useless; so powerless, as the water takes over your life..... I've been there once in my life - never again, please.
So I wish you all to be strong despite the hardships. There must be a bright side somewhere - please God, may it come to you all soon.
*
We're not over it yet (more to come later this week apparently) but now the council and other authorities have been shaken awake, perhaps we'll see some better proactive responses from them all. Perhaps the world aint gonna end just yet.....
At the top end of Eastwick Road yesterday there were 3 SCC men (and a lorry) collecting the leaves. Woweee! Now, if they'd cut back on the pen-pushers instead of the workers, we might have had ten - perhaps twenty; maybe more, crews out and about making sure that drains and gullies were clear to take the rain. The only mitigating factor is that the Met Office, while forecasting rain, gave little indication of a deluge until perhaps 24 hours prior to it happening. But, why did no-one see this coming - without the aid of the Met Office? The last couple of Novembers have been relatively dry - but you only have to look back three years to see that we had much the same then. I recorded 174mm (in Priorswood) in November 2009 - but although there were floods, many went away remarkably quickly because the water could drain off easily. No chance this year, with all the rubbish and leaves uncollected. * I have so much feeling for those who are flooded out. It must leave you feeling so utterly useless; so powerless, as the water takes over your life..... I've been there once in my life - never again, please. So I wish you all to be strong despite the hardships. There must be a bright side somewhere - please God, may it come to you all soon. * We're not over it yet (more to come later this week apparently) but now the council and other authorities have been shaken awake, perhaps we'll see some better proactive responses from them all. Perhaps the world aint gonna end just yet..... souwesterly
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12:27pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Guy Smiley says...

I wonder if the New York Times are running a live news feed on the Somerset flooding their web-site?
I wonder if the New York Times are running a live news feed on the Somerset flooding their web-site? Guy Smiley
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12:53pm Thu 22 Nov 12

CosApp says...

Oh I don't know we've got a nice new £5m Castle Green and got rid of a vital town centre car park - now you want the drains clearing and flood defences. How selfish can you be. They'll have to increase your Council Tax if you want sensible things!!! Hello councillors, wake, smell the coffee and start and spend our monbey wisely....... oh, and don't give us this drivel about Government Central Funds.
Oh I don't know we've got a nice new £5m Castle Green and got rid of a vital town centre car park - now you want the drains clearing and flood defences. How selfish can you be. They'll have to increase your Council Tax if you want sensible things!!! Hello councillors, wake, smell the coffee and start and spend our monbey wisely....... oh, and don't give us this drivel about Government Central Funds. CosApp
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7:17pm Thu 22 Nov 12

garyjscott says...

From M5 J26 into West Buckland now impassable again, water levels higher than previously already. Avoid.
From M5 J26 into West Buckland now impassable again, water levels higher than previously already. Avoid. garyjscott
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7:21pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Joyfulbichon says...

Someone has aimed a hosepipe at my window...lol or so it seems. Hope Victorian Evening and Christmas light switch on is going ahead in Ilminster tomorrow. Got cousin from Guildford and sister from Taunton attending !!!
Someone has aimed a hosepipe at my window...lol or so it seems. Hope Victorian Evening and Christmas light switch on is going ahead in Ilminster tomorrow. Got cousin from Guildford and sister from Taunton attending !!! Joyfulbichon
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9:30pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Wellington Shrek says...

bloody hell has it been raining
bloody hell has it been raining Wellington Shrek
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10:51pm Thu 22 Nov 12

souwesterly says...

Looks as if the rain had just about stopped in Taunton (10.45pm).
So - for those who are interested, in Priorswood, I recorded 44.4mm yesterday and a further 25.2mm so far today - a total of 69.6mm or 2.74" inside two days. That makes a total of 118.8mm for the month to date.
It was also a bit windy, wasn't it? Maximum gust here today of 34.9mph at 4pm - much stronger winds up on the hills, no doubt....
Just thought you might like to know :)
Looks as if the rain had just about stopped in Taunton (10.45pm). So - for those who are interested, in Priorswood, I recorded 44.4mm yesterday and a further 25.2mm so far today - a total of 69.6mm or 2.74" inside two days. That makes a total of 118.8mm for the month to date. It was also a bit windy, wasn't it? Maximum gust here today of 34.9mph at 4pm - much stronger winds up on the hills, no doubt.... Just thought you might like to know :) souwesterly
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7:16am Fri 23 Nov 12

Samej1 says...

souwesterly wrote:
Looks as if the rain had just about stopped in Taunton (10.45pm).
So - for those who are interested, in Priorswood, I recorded 44.4mm yesterday and a further 25.2mm so far today - a total of 69.6mm or 2.74" inside two days. That makes a total of 118.8mm for the month to date.
It was also a bit windy, wasn't it? Maximum gust here today of 34.9mph at 4pm - much stronger winds up on the hills, no doubt....
Just thought you might like to know :)
Recorded 45mph yesterday afternoon here over the other side of the Quantocks - sensor not very high so 'real' value probably 10-20% higher
[quote][p][bold]souwesterly[/bold] wrote: Looks as if the rain had just about stopped in Taunton (10.45pm). So - for those who are interested, in Priorswood, I recorded 44.4mm yesterday and a further 25.2mm so far today - a total of 69.6mm or 2.74" inside two days. That makes a total of 118.8mm for the month to date. It was also a bit windy, wasn't it? Maximum gust here today of 34.9mph at 4pm - much stronger winds up on the hills, no doubt.... Just thought you might like to know :)[/p][/quote]Recorded 45mph yesterday afternoon here over the other side of the Quantocks - sensor not very high so 'real' value probably 10-20% higher Samej1
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9:22am Sun 25 Nov 12

souwesterly says...

To keep the rainfall figures up to date, I might as well let you know that there was no rain on Friday!
However.....to make up for it, there was 32.0 mm in my gauge yesterday.
That makes it 115 mm of rain in a week.....
And that wind didn't half rattle things around during the night although the peak gust here (where I'm a bit sheltered) was 23 mph.
Hope you all survived - to look forward to the next round.
To keep the rainfall figures up to date, I might as well let you know that there was no rain on Friday! However.....to make up for it, there was 32.0 mm in my gauge yesterday. That makes it 115 mm of rain in a week..... And that wind didn't half rattle things around during the night although the peak gust here (where I'm a bit sheltered) was 23 mph. Hope you all survived - to look forward to the next round. souwesterly
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12:35pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Samej1 says...

souwesterly wrote:
To keep the rainfall figures up to date, I might as well let you know that there was no rain on Friday!
However.....to make up for it, there was 32.0 mm in my gauge yesterday.
That makes it 115 mm of rain in a week.....
And that wind didn't half rattle things around during the night although the peak gust here (where I'm a bit sheltered) was 23 mph.
Hope you all survived - to look forward to the next round.
I recorded another 45mph gust last night, 32.6mm ppn
[quote][p][bold]souwesterly[/bold] wrote: To keep the rainfall figures up to date, I might as well let you know that there was no rain on Friday! However.....to make up for it, there was 32.0 mm in my gauge yesterday. That makes it 115 mm of rain in a week..... And that wind didn't half rattle things around during the night although the peak gust here (where I'm a bit sheltered) was 23 mph. Hope you all survived - to look forward to the next round.[/p][/quote]I recorded another 45mph gust last night, 32.6mm ppn Samej1
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8:49am Mon 26 Nov 12

Anonone says...

Could someone at the Gazette regularly update the
'updated 6:47am Wednesday 21st November 2012'
heading on this article, please?
Could someone at the Gazette regularly update the 'updated 6:47am Wednesday 21st November 2012' heading on this article, please? Anonone
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4:40pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Blue Owl says...

CosApp wrote:
Oh I don't know we've got a nice new £5m Castle Green and got rid of a vital town centre car park - now you want the drains clearing and flood defences. How selfish can you be. They'll have to increase your Council Tax if you want sensible things!!! Hello councillors, wake, smell the coffee and start and spend our monbey wisely....... oh, and don't give us this drivel about Government Central Funds.
As a visitor to Taunton some weeks ago, I was utterly Flabbergasted to see the Municipal car park @ the rear of the Castle Hotel being dug up and turned into more flower beds and paving.Surely the Townsfolk did not approve this complete and utter waste of Taxpayers money.
It's no wonder there is no money left in the SCC Budget, to be spent on what is desperately needed across the County, ie; Proper Highway Maintenance and road infrastructure repairs. Not the Lions share of the Budget being spent in Just Taunton. You've had more than enough spent on your 3rd way and other road projects. You are there to Serve the WHOLE of the County.
Regards Blue-owl.
[quote][p][bold]CosApp[/bold] wrote: Oh I don't know we've got a nice new £5m Castle Green and got rid of a vital town centre car park - now you want the drains clearing and flood defences. How selfish can you be. They'll have to increase your Council Tax if you want sensible things!!! Hello councillors, wake, smell the coffee and start and spend our monbey wisely....... oh, and don't give us this drivel about Government Central Funds.[/p][/quote]As a visitor to Taunton some weeks ago, I was utterly Flabbergasted to see the Municipal car park @ the rear of the Castle Hotel being dug up and turned into more flower beds and paving.Surely the Townsfolk did not approve this complete and utter waste of Taxpayers money. It's no wonder there is no money left in the SCC Budget, to be spent on what is desperately needed across the County, ie; Proper Highway Maintenance and road infrastructure repairs. Not the Lions share of the Budget being spent in Just Taunton. You've had more than enough spent on your 3rd way and other road projects. You are there to Serve the WHOLE of the County. Regards Blue-owl. Blue Owl
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