More rain leads to widespread flooding and road closures in Somerset (January 5) (From Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News)
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More rain leads to widespread flooding and road closures in Somerset (January 5)
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- More rain and saturated land has lead to more flooding
- The public are warned to be wary of coastal areas as gale force winds are predicted
- Red flood warning in place for Salt Moor and Northmoor including East Lyng, Burrowbridge, West Yeo, Moorland and Fordgate
- Many main roads are closed across Somerset
FOR updates from Monday, January 6, click here.
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Photo: Jamie cook
THESE photos were sent in by Jamie cook.
Photo: Kye Bickham.
THESE photos taken in Burrowbridge were sent in by Kye Bickham.
He said:"As we drove into Burrowbridge we we're going down beside the River Tone and got a glimpse of the pumping station, we drove to the other side of the river to get a better look at the pumping station and that's where the photos came from."
DEVON and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to be aware of possible continued flooding later tonight (January 5) and into Monday, as predicted by the Met Office.
The Service is especially asking motorists to heed warnings not to drive through any floodwater, as it could put themselves and others at risk.
Area Manager Alex Hanson said: "It is impossible to tell how deep water is or the condition of the ground beneath. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded. Vehicles can float away in just two feet of water.
"If you do see floodwater on the road, do not attempt to drive through it; instead try to find an alternative route.
"If a road has been closed, it is for the safety of the public and closure signs should be respected. This is particularly important as schools and many people return to work on Monday and the pressures this may bring.
"Please take heed of the road closed signs and also be aware that satellite navigation systems will not necessarily alert you of alternative routes that may be flooded.
"Motorists should also be aware of the possibility of tree branches and other debris on the roads due to high winds earlier this weekend."
The Service offers further useful advice which could help prevent accidents during heavy rainfall and flooding:
People should bear in mind the following safety tips:
• Don’t walk on sea defences or riverbanks.
• Avoid walking or driving through flood water.
• Keep children and vulnerable people out of floodwater.
• Take care or avoid crossing bridges when water levels are high.
• Take care crossing culverts as they are dangerous when flooded.
• 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.
• 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.
The Environment Agency has flood warning updates on their web site every 15 minutes, please visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood or ring their floodline 08459 881188 service.
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The South Western Ambulance Service is urging people to stay safe by keeping informed.
A spokesman said: "The weather problems are at their peak during the high-tide periods so those in coastal areas should familiarise themselves with the local times and expected impact.
"The changing conditions on the roads is making driving very hazardous.
"The public can be reassured that all emergency, public and health services are working together to continue to provide a safe and effective service to all communities in the South West. However, it is vital that the public think about the most appropriate service for their needs before calling 999.
"Anyone suffering a life-threatening emergency should always call 999. If it is not a life-threatening emergency, we would urge the public to think about using other available healthcare services – NHS111, walk-in-centres, minor injury units, pharmacies etc; please visit the NHS Choices website for further information."
Roads are closed as follows:
A361 Main Road, Burrowbridge, Somerset Levels
A372 Langport, blocked due to flooding
A372 Othery, closed due to flooding
B3165 Sutton Hill, Long Sutton, closed due to flooding
New Road, West Lyng, closed due to flooding
Newton Road closed due to flooding between Middle Street (Yeovil) and Hooper's Lane (Stoford).
THE Environment Agency currently has 58 amber flood alerts and 27 flood warnings in place for the South West, slightly less than the outlook this morning.
A red flood warning is still in place for Salt Moor and Northmoor including East Lyng, Burrowbridge, West Yeo, Moorland and Fordgate.
The EA said this morning: "Rainfall totals of between 7 and 16 mm are forecast to fall throughout Sunday with further rainfall forecast for Monday.
"The River Tone level at Currymoor pumping station is 7.70 m and is stable. Water continues to spill over Athelney spillway into Saltmoor and Northmoor.
"Cuts Road, New Road and the A361 are impassable. The River Tone is too high to pump at Curry Moor pumping station.
"The drain level at Northmoor pumping station is 4.33 m and is rising. There is a risk of flooding to property and roads in Northmoor if this level exceeds 4.20 m.
"We continue to pump at Northmoor and Saltmoor pumping stations as much as tides will allow. The drain level at Currymoor pumping station is 7.79 m and is stable. Property flooding is possible when this level exceeds 6.60 m. Water will spill over Athelney spillway, across the A361 and into Saltmoor and Northmoor when this level exceeds 7.10 m.
"We are unable to pump at Currymoor Pumping Station until river levels recede."
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