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Flash floods block Somerset roads as new severe weather warning is issued

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: September 24, 2012

  • Drivers take their chances through the flooded road at Ford Street near Wellington this morning

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Flash floods caused by heavy overnight rain have caused chaos on Somerset's roads this morning.

Several of the county's roads were left impassable due to the downpours, and more is forecast to fall today.

The Met Office's severe weather warning amber alert for the region was due to be lifted at 9am today, but it has now been extended until 4pm.

A further yellow warning has been issued for tomorrow as more heavy rain, accompanied by some strong gales, is expected to hit the South West.

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On the roads, parts of the A38 between Tiverton and Taunton have been partially blocked in both directions due to flooding.

Various junctions with the A38 near Wellington were also under water this morning.

Drivers are also reporting hazardous conditions on the A358 at Bickenhall Lane, Hatch Beauchamp, with queues building in both directions due to flooding.

The A370 Bristol Road at Congresbury has also been hit by flooding.

The Met Office has warned drivers and residents to be aware of an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding today.

On tomorrow's yellow warning of severe weather, the forecaster said: "Further rain or showers, heavy and persistent in places, are likely during Tuesday.

"The public should remain aware of the potential for further localised disruption due to heavy rain and/or very strong winds."

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it has received dozens of call-outs across the county between 6am and 10am this morning.

Severe flooding was reported in the Guildhall Lane and Gramball Lane area of Wedmore due to a swollen river, with water up to 3ft deep in some properties.

Flooding led to several vehicles stuck in floodwater on the A361 at Greinton, leading to the temporary closure of the road.

There was also a vehicle reported stuck in floodwater on the Shurton to Hinkley Point road, Storgursey.

Other locations where flooding has occurred include: Cross Lane, Axbridge; Upper New Road, Cheddar; Vole Road, Mark, Cheddar; Stawell Bridge; Greinton Bridge; Badgworth, Axbridge; Nasmith Close, Exmouth; Polsloe Road, Exeter; Musbury Road, Axminster; B3184 Farringdon; Burton Row, Brent Knoll, Highbridge; Sawyers Hill, West Buckland, Wellington; Cuck Hill, Shipham, Winscombe; Mark Causeway, Highbridge; Hillcote, Wells; Cheddon Fitzpaine; Stone Allerton; Melcombe Lane, North Petherton; Oake, Taunton; Brent Road, East Brent, Highbridge; West End, Wedmore; Turnpike Road, Axminster; Biddisham Lane, Biddisham, Badgworth; Middle Green Road, Wellington; Sparrow Hill Way, Weare, Axminster; Blackford, Wedmore; A39 Wellington; Church Street, Wedmore; Castle Street, Storgursey, Bridgwater; Turnpike Road, Lower Weare, Axbridge; Quab Lane, Wedmore; West Street, South Petherton; Rooksbridge Road, Highbridge; Meare Green, Stoke St Gregory, Ashgrove; Withy Road, East Huntspill, Highbridge; Westford, Wellington; and Middle Road, Chilton Polden, Bridgwater.

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