THE Environment Agency have advised that flooding is possible near to almost all rivers in the Somerset area.

An official 'alert' has been issued, for the area, and residents near to rivers have been advised to start acting on their flood plans.

The map showing the affected area starts as far West as Burnham-on-Sea, and ends as far inland as Shepton Mallet.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency advised residents to:

"Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.

"Avoid using low lying footpaths or entering areas prone to flooding.

"Start acting on your flood plan if you have one."

The alert reads: "Environment Agency Flood Warning Officers set the river or tidal levels that have triggered this message.

"During industrial action this message has been automatically issued based on rising river or tidal levels."

The official flood alert area encompasses the following rivers: Brue, Sheppey, Glastonbury Millstream and North and South Drains.