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M5 and A303 closed as torrential rain brings further flood chaos to Somerset's roads

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: November 25, 2012

  • Floods were reported to be up to 3ft deep in Williton overnight. Photo via Simon Bruford on Twitter @CiderSi

  • Overnight flooding at Williton. Photo via Simon Bruford on Twitter @CiderSi

  • Floods were reported to be up to 3ft deep in Williton overnight. Photo via Simon Bruford on Twitter @CiderSi

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The two major roads through Somerset have been closed overnight after further torrential rain brought more flooding chaos to the region.

The M5 motorway has been closed between junction 25 for Taunton and junction 26 for Wellington due to extremely hazardous conditions.

The A303 has also been closed in both directions between Southfields Roundabout at Ilminster and the A30 junction at Upottery, also because of flooding.

The Highways Agency said it hopes both roads will be reopened by 7am on Sunday morning.

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Other main roads in Somerset have also been hit by flooding.

The A39 is closed in both directions between Carhampton and Washford, while a stretch of the A361 road between Taunton and Street has been closed since lunchtime.

The flooded stretch of the road is between East Lyng and Burrowbridge, and some parts of the road are reported to be under three feet of water.

Towns and villages across Somerset are also taking action against flooding overnight after more than 40mm of rain fell on Saturday.

Cornwall and Devon were badly hit, with many homes in Cornwall evacuated after the Environment Agency issued four severe flood warnings - the most urgent alert it can give - in Polperro, Helston, Perranporth and Lostwithiel.

In Exeter, one woman in her 20s died and two others were injured when a tree fell on Western Way.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the deceased’s family and friends. We are currently trying to contact the next of kin.”

Police will be preparing a report for the coroner and will carry out a scene investigation on Sunday in daylight.

At 2am this morning, more than 150 flood warnings and alerts were in place across the South West, including areas near all rivers in Somerset.

For live updates and the latest Environment Agency flood information, see the panel below.

Click here for the latest Somerset weather forecast.

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