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Somerset stays on flood alert ahead of weekend heavy rain forecast

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: December 28, 2012

  • Today's Met Office severe weather warning is in place from 6pm

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Another two spells of wet and windy weather are forecast to hit Somerset over the weekend.

The Met Office has issued two severe weather warnings for the region, with the first one in place from 6pm this evening until 9am tomorrow morning.

The yellow warning has been issued following a forecast of heavy and persistent rain which is due to sweep across the South West tonight.

Forecasters are predicting as much as 30mm of rain could fall on some parts of the county.

Further rain, accompanied by strong winds, are expected to hit Somerset overnight on Sunday.

A second Met Office yellow warning is in place from 6pm on Sunday until midday on New Year's Eve, with as much as 40mm of rain expected to fall over higher ground.

At 9am on Friday morning, four Environment Agency flood warnings were in place in Somerset for the River Yeo between Yeovil and Langport, the A361 between East Lyng and Burrowbridge, Salt Moor and North Moor, and Curry Moor and Hay Moor.

On the River Yeo, the EA reported that the drain level at Langport Westover pumping station, and the water levels on the moors south of the town, were slowly rising.

Some roads in the area have been closed and, with further rain forecast, it is anticipated that others will become impassable.

The stretch of the A361 will remain closed this weekend during a spell of controlled flooding.

The EA said pumping is taking place at Northmoor and Saltmoor pumping stations in an attempt to transfer flood water from the moors back to the River Parrett.

The Currymoor reservoir is spilling over Athelney spillway, across the A361, and into Saltmoor and Northmoor, the EA said.

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