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Heavy rain causes more flood misery for Radstock and Midsomer Norton areas

By SG_SNorbury  |  Posted: January 02, 2013

Even the Chilcompton Co-Op lottery machine is out of action due to the weather

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Heavy rain has continued to cause misery for people in Radstock, Midsomer Norton and the surrounding areas over the weekend and into the New Year with homes and properties experiencing further flooding.

Downside Abbey and School flooded in the early hours of New Year’s Day.  A fire crew from Radstock found that the basement had filled with water which had affected the electrics.

A team from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service rushed to the scene from Yeovil to use a use a specialist submersible pump to clear out the flood water.

Five homes in Gurney Slade were hit by flash floods following torrential rain on Saturday, December 29.

Residents in Binegar Lane called emergency services for help after flood water began flowing into their properties following the heavy downpours. A pump was used to divert water into a nearby drain.

On the same day the Lottery machine at the Chilcompton Cooperative store was also out of action. Staff at the shop said the weather had cause problems with the machine’s internet connection.

In Midsomer Norton Withies Lane in the town as resembled a fast flowing river after Saturday’s heavy rain.

Resident Nick Bond said: “I walk my dogs daily along the old railway track and down to the top of Withies Park.  The stone bridge crossing the river was half a welly boot over the top which I have never seen in the last thirty years.  I had to turn back up the field and along the railway track in order to get home.”

Concerned were raise by households close to the new David Wilson Home development off the road who were worried that the banks of the ditch that runs behind Furlong Close and Cautletts Close could collapse.

Many of the resident living in the area had spoken out against the 118 home development when an application was entered by the house builder because of flood concerns after the flood risk was downgraded by the Environment Agency which in turn enabled the new housing estate to be granted permission.

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  • Turkman2  |  January 02 2013, 5:05PM

    The last paragraph refers to how the flood risk on an area of land was upgraded to allow development to take place. This is exactly what has happened in Bath with the REC, where part of the ground was reallocated from Flood Zone 3(b) to Flood Zone 3(a), so allowing the possibility that Bath Rugby can make a planning application for a new stadium

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