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Torrential rain prompts flood alerts across Somerset

By adampostans  |  Posted: October 06, 2012

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Flood alerts have been issued across Somerset by the Environment Agency following heavy downpours overnight.

There is also one flood warning in place in the county, indicating flooding is expected and immediate action required, on the River Isle from Chard Reservoir to Hambridge.

Up to an inch-and-a-half fell in some places as a band of rain swept across the South West yesterday.

As of 11.50am today there were 26 flood alerts in force in the region, including five in Somerset.

These are at: Parrett Catchment, Levels and Moors – Lower Rivers Parrett, Yeo, Tone, Isle, Cam, Cary, Kings Sedgemoor Drain and tributaries; South Somerset Rivers, Upper Reaches – Rivers Parrett and Isle and tributaries; East Somerset Rivers – Rivers Brue, Sheppey, Glastonbury Millstream and North and South Drains; South East Somerset Rivers, Upper reaches – Upper River Yeo, Rivers Cam and Wriggle; and River Tone Catchment – Hillfarrance Brook, Halsewater Stream, River Tone and tributaries.

There are fears of further flooding with the prospect of more downpours after the weekend.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: "We are warning communities across South West England to be vigilant and alert for flooding as heavy rain is set to return into Monday."

The Met Office has removed a "yellow" severe weather warning for the South West for Sunday but has extended it to cover the whole of Monday.

It says 10-20mm of rain is expected, 30mm in some isolated areas, and that there is a risk of localised flooding.

Click here for the latest Somerset weather forecast.

See below for the latest South West flood alerts and warnings from the Environment Agency...

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