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Man clings to roof of car during dramatic rescue from A361 flood at Burrowbridge

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

  • The A361 disappears under a tidal wave of flood water near Burrowbridge on Sunday morning

  • The A361 disappears under a tidal wave of flood water near Burrowbridge on Sunday morning

  • A Land Rover on the flooded A361 near Burrowbridge on Sunday morning

  • Flood water near the A361 on Sunday morning

  • The flooded A361 on Sunday morning

  • The tidal wave of flood water ends up in a field opposite

  • The tidal wave of flood water near the A361

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A man was left clinging to the roof of his car after becoming trapped in flood water on the A361 in Somerset this morning.

Fire crews were called to the flooded stretch of the road at Burrowbridge at around 4.30am.

On arrival, they found the man on the roof of his car, which was engulfed by the flood.

Two crews and a sepcialist rescue vehicle from Bridgwater were joined at the scene by a rescue tender from Taunton.

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They donned dry suits and used two boats to rescue the man.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "A more substantial road closure has again been put in place for this road as people had been continuing to drive through road closure signs that were already in place."

On Sunday afternoon, This is Somerset published a spectacular video of the flooding on the A361 between Burrowbridge and East Lyng.

A torrent of water swept over the road after surging down the side of a nearby hill.

Stunned motorists stopped and watched the road become completely submerged by the flood rapids.

Fences and farmyard gates were almost entirely engulfed by the torrent of flood water, which flowed across the road and into a field opposite.

View the video below, or click on the links below to read the full story.

SOMERSET NOVEMBER FLOODS - VIDEO AND PICTURES

Wednesday, November 28

Photos: A second week of November flood damage in Somerset

Sunday, November 25

Video: Tidal wave of flood water wipes out A361 road in Somerset

Photos: Severe flooding on the A361 and Somerset Levels

Photos: Mid Somerset floods on the levels

Video: Flooding in Bathpool after River Tone bursts its banks

Photos: Flooding as River Tone bursts its banks at Bathpool

Photos: An angry River Frome floods again

Friday, November 23

Photos: November floods cause chaos in Somerset

Video: Village main road turned into river as torrential rain hits Somerset

Wednesday, November 21

Video: Flooding causes traffic chaos and road closures in Somerset

Video: Willowbrook Garden Centre devastated by A38 flooding near Taunton

Photos: Flooding in South Somerset

Photos: Flooding around Mid-Somerset

Photos: Flood chaos on roads around Taunton and Wellington

Photos: Floods at French Weir Park in Taunton

Photos: Taunton floods - police cordon off River Tone areas

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