Flash floods cause havoc on Somerset's roads

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  • Gusts of winds up to 60mph and 50-60mm of rain.
  • Met Office release amber alert for severe weather.
  • Flood alerts for Upper River Tone catchment area between Waterrow and Bishops Hull.
  • Flood alerts for Lower catchment area from Bishops Hull to North Curry.
  • Spray from surface water on M5 causing problems.
  • Several roads blocked or impassable due to floodwater.

5:22pm

5:12pm

REPORTS from residents say that roads around Ruishton and Creech St Michael are now flooded despite the rain stopping several hours ago.

4:05pm

TWO people had to be rescued from a car when it got stuck in floodwater at Curry Mallet.

Fire crews freed the motorists shortly after 2.15pm this afternoon.

3:57pm

2:16pm Mon 24 Sep 12

katalina21 says

Somerset Bridge school has been closed because of drainage problems due to all the rain we have had.

2:45pm

READER Ian Goddard from Ashill took this photo of the flooding in Hatch Beauchamp this morning.

Roads in and around the village were several inches underwater which caused delays and disruption for rush-hour commuters.

If you took any photos of the flooding this morning where you are, let us know. Send them to newsdesk@countygazette.co.uk or tweet them to us @CountyGazette

This is The West Country: Hatch Beauchamp flooding

1:08pm

This is The West Country: First Great Western high-speed train

COMMUTERS are facing travel chaos as the majority of trains have been cancelled between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads.

First Great Western has suspended its services due to flooding at Nailsea and Backwell.

A replacement bus service is running subject to road conditions. Tickets for today will be accepted for travel tomorrow.

Cross Country trains are being diverted between Taunton and Bristol, increasing journey times by up to 30 minutes.

12:18pm

SEVERE flooding was reported in the Guildhall Lane and Gramball Lane area of Wedmore due to a swollen river, with water up to 3ft deep in some properties.

12:10pm

10:06am Mon 24 Sep 12

lmsams says

wokr up at around 2am and it was torrential rain. the sky was completely orange!

10:50am

This is The West Country: Bradford-on-Tone flooding

MOTORISTS have been urged to take care after a number of vehicles got stranded in deep water.

A police spokesman said: "There have been reports of spray and surface water across Avon and Somerset.

"Please allow extra time for your journey and consider if you really need to travel this morning.

"If you do, motorists are reminded to avoid going through deep water – a small number of motorists have already become stranded in their vehicles."

10:43am

PROBLEMS have been reported on the B3227 between Taunton and Wiveliscombe.

Floods covered both carriageways at Norton Fitzwarren and Preston Bowyer.

If you can update readers, use the comment facility below or tweet using the hashtag #swfloods and it will appear in our live feed below.

9:48am

9:20am Mon 24 Sep 12

fedupnewt says

landslides in north newton.floods everywhere.

9:32am

This is The West Country: Willowbrook Garden Centre

FLOODING is causing problems near the junction to Silver Street at Bradford-on-Tone.

There are reports the A38 is closed both ways close to the turn off and there is surface water next to the Blackbird Inn.

Landlord at the pub Phil Anderson said: "We had a little bit of water get in earlier this morning but fortunately not too much. We've been able to open."

The car park at the Willowbrook Garden Centre (pictured above) is also full of water.

9:21am

8:47am Mon 24 Sep 12

souwesterly says

I could hear the rain last night, but I was still staggered to see 48mm of rain recorded on my weather station between midnight and 8am today (24th).....on top of the 22.5mm yesterday. No flooding where I live (Priorswood) but do take care out there - that's 3" of rain on top of almost 2 weeks of hard dried ground. Might be some good pictures though!

8:58am

READER David Shuttleworth has sent in this picture of water spilling over the banks of the River Tone near the Third Way bridge in Taunton.

Send your pictures to newsdesk@countygazette.co.uk, post them on our Facebook page, or tweet them to @CountyGazette

This is The West Country: Water spills over the banks of the River Tone near the Third Way bridge in Taunton.

8:35am

 

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TORRENTIAL rain overnight has caused floods and chaos on the county’s roads this morning (September 24).

Several roads across our region are impassable and the Environment Agency have released flood alerts to areas surrounding the River Tone.

The weather system was created in the Azores where a second depression spawned off Hurricane Nadine and headed Northwards before hitting our region yesterday.

With it came gusts of winds up to 60mph and 50-60mm of rain.
The Met Office heightened their weather warning of our region last night to an amber alert for severe weather.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "The public should be prepared for an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding during this period."

The Environment Agency also says there is an increased flood risk this evening and in the early hours of Monday.

There are flood alerts for expected flooding on the Upper River Tone catchment area between Waterrow and Bishops Hull and also the Lower catchment area from Bishops Hull to North Curry.

On the roads, drivers on the M5 are also being advised to take extra care as spray from surface water is already causing problems.

Parts of the A38 between Tiverton and Taunton have been partially blocked in both directions due to flooding.

Various junctions with the A38 near Wellington were also under water this morning and drivers are also reporting hazardous conditions on the A358 at Bickenhall Lane, Hatch Beauchamp, with queues building in both directions due to flooding.

If you are worried about flooding in your area, call Floodline on 0845-988-1188.

For all flood alerts in the South-West, click here

And for the latest weather in the county, click here

Have you been affected by the flooding? Did you get any pictures? Let us know, call 01823-365101 or email newsdesk@countygazette.co.uk

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8:47am Mon 24 Sep 12

souwesterly says...

I could hear the rain last night, but I was still staggered to see 48mm of rain recorded on my weather station between midnight and 8am today (24th).....on top of the 22.5mm yesterday. No flooding where I live (Priorswood) but do take care out there - that's 3" of rain on top of almost 2 weeks of hard dried ground. Might be some good pictures though!
I could hear the rain last night, but I was still staggered to see 48mm of rain recorded on my weather station between midnight and 8am today (24th).....on top of the 22.5mm yesterday. No flooding where I live (Priorswood) but do take care out there - that's 3" of rain on top of almost 2 weeks of hard dried ground. Might be some good pictures though! souwesterly
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9:20am Mon 24 Sep 12

fedupnewt says...

landslides in north newton.floods everywhere.
landslides in north newton.floods everywhere. fedupnewt
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10:06am Mon 24 Sep 12

lmsams says...

wokr up at around 2am and it was torrential rain. the sky was completely orange!
wokr up at around 2am and it was torrential rain. the sky was completely orange! lmsams
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11:12am Mon 24 Sep 12

LookingForLiars says...

The simple fact is that the council don't clear the drain's and gulley's anymore !!!
So when it rain's we "the rate's payer's" have to drive through flood's in order to get to work in order to pay our rate's ???
Durleigh road Bridgwater being a good example.
The simple fact is that the council don't clear the drain's and gulley's anymore !!! So when it rain's we "the rate's payer's" have to drive through flood's in order to get to work in order to pay our rate's ??? Durleigh road Bridgwater being a good example. LookingForLiars
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11:32am Mon 24 Sep 12

FreeSpeech? says...

LookingForLiars wrote:
The simple fact is that the council don't clear the drain's and gulley's anymore !!!
So when it rain's we "the rate's payer's" have to drive through flood's in order to get to work in order to pay our rate's ???
Durleigh road Bridgwater being a good example.
Well you can't buy the latest Ipads can you if you spend the money on clearing the drains to improve safety.
[quote][p][bold]LookingForLiars[/bold] wrote: The simple fact is that the council don't clear the drain's and gulley's anymore !!! So when it rain's we "the rate's payer's" have to drive through flood's in order to get to work in order to pay our rate's ??? Durleigh road Bridgwater being a good example.[/p][/quote]Well you can't buy the latest Ipads can you if you spend the money on clearing the drains to improve safety. FreeSpeech?
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12:28pm Mon 24 Sep 12

Samej1 says...

souwesterly wrote:
I could hear the rain last night, but I was still staggered to see 48mm of rain recorded on my weather station between midnight and 8am today (24th).....on top of the 22.5mm yesterday. No flooding where I live (Priorswood) but do take care out there - that's 3" of rain on top of almost 2 weeks of hard dried ground. Might be some good pictures though!
I recorded 45mm overnight too NE of the Quantocks - amazing amount since my previous record for 24hrs was 25mm!
[quote][p][bold]souwesterly[/bold] wrote: I could hear the rain last night, but I was still staggered to see 48mm of rain recorded on my weather station between midnight and 8am today (24th).....on top of the 22.5mm yesterday. No flooding where I live (Priorswood) but do take care out there - that's 3" of rain on top of almost 2 weeks of hard dried ground. Might be some good pictures though![/p][/quote]I recorded 45mm overnight too NE of the Quantocks - amazing amount since my previous record for 24hrs was 25mm! Samej1
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2:16pm Mon 24 Sep 12

katalina21 says...

Somerset Bridge school has been closed because of drainage problems due to all the rain we have had.
Somerset Bridge school has been closed because of drainage problems due to all the rain we have had. katalina21
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2:43pm Mon 24 Sep 12

BaldyLocks says...

Oooh water fall from sky make ground wet. Make big puddles. I go splash splash.
Oooh water fall from sky make ground wet. Make big puddles. I go splash splash. BaldyLocks
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3:50pm Mon 24 Sep 12

souwesterly says...

BaldyLocks wrote:
Oooh water fall from sky make ground wet. Make big puddles. I go splash splash.
Go away and play then.....
[quote][p][bold]BaldyLocks[/bold] wrote: Oooh water fall from sky make ground wet. Make big puddles. I go splash splash.[/p][/quote]Go away and play then..... souwesterly
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