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Somerset flood warnings remain in place despite severe weather warning downgrade

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: July 07, 2012

The severe weather warning for the South West released by the Met Office this evening

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Flood warnings remain in place for parts of Somerset tonight after the region was battered by 24 hours of torrential rain.

The Met Office has said that the worst of the downpours have now passed, and this evening removed its red warning from parts of Devon and Cornwall.

However its amber severe weather warning remains in place for the whole of Somerset until midnight at the earliest.

Despite the rain easing, as of 6pm this evening the Environment Agency still had 41 flood warnings and 31 flood alerts in place for the South West.

As much as 40mm of rain fell during Saturday in parts of Somerset, and the Agency is warning that the county could get another 20mm tomorrow.

A Met Office statement this evening said: "The red warning that was in force for parts of south Devon and west Cornwall has now been removed as the worst of the rain here has eased, although impacts of rain that has fallen continue to be significant locally.

"Further heavy showers or longer periods of rain are expected today, with large totals in places.

"The public should be prepared for the likelihood of surface water flooding and some disruption to travel and outdoor activities, particularly in the amber warning area.

"The amber warning area has now been restricted to Dorset, Somerset and parts of Devon."

An amber warning is the Met Office's second most serious severe weather warning, and urges people to be prepared.

The Environment Agency's flood warning is second in seriousness only to a severe flood warning.

As of 6pm this evening, there were flood warnings in place for the River Brue and Glastonbury Millstream from Lovington to Highbridge, the River Yeo from Yeovil to Langport, the River Parrett (upper) from South Perrott to Thorney, the River Tone (lower) from Bishops Hull to North Curry, the River Axe (upper) from Winsham to Axminster including Chard Junction and Weycroft, and the River Isle from Chard Reservoir to Hambridge.

Flood alerts were in place for the Parrett Catchment, Levels and Moors (Lower Rivers Parrett, Yeo, Tone, Isle, Cam, Cary, Kings Sedgemoor Drain and tributaries), South East Somerset Rivers (Upper River Yeo, Rivers Cam and Wriggle), the River Tone catchment, rivers in North Somerset including Congresbury Yeo, Cheddar Yeo, Axe and tributaries, the River Chew from Chew Stoke to Keynsham, Chew Stoke Stream and Winford Brook, East Somerset Rivers (Brue, Sheppey, Glastonbury Millstream and North and South Drains), and South Somerset Rivers (upper reaches of Rivers Parrett and Isle and tributaries).

The South West's two remaining severe flood warnings were for the River Axe (Mid) at Axminster, Devon, and the River Bride at Burton Bradstock, near Bridport in Dorset.

The Environment Agency is updating its flood warnings and alerts every 15 minutes this evening. Click here for the latest information on the Environment Agency flood warnings and alerts in the South West.

Click here for the latest weather forecast in Somerset.

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