Floods and high winds across Somerset bring end of year misery

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  • THE area has been blasted by torrential rain and gale-force winds.
  • A number of trees have been uprooted and flooding has been reported.
  • Watch this site fore further details - and send us your photos and stories to phil.hill@countygazette.co.uk or call 01823-365100.


THE calm after the storm and before the next one - the sun's out and we've got clear blue skies in Taunton.


DEVON and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is warning people who drive through flood water are gambling with their lives. Area Manager Phil Martin said: “Your car can float in as little as 30cm of water and it takes much less than that to knock someone off their feet. “People must ask themselves, is it worth gambling with your car and maybe even your life to take the shortest route home rather than take a detour on a safer journey. “Floodwater can cause significant and expensive damage to your car but it can also cost the lives of you and the people with you.” He also reminded motorists that while the Service responds to save life in emergencies, it does not recover vehicles stranded in floodwater afterwards. “Please keep up to date with weather forecasts for your area and check on older relatives, friends and neighbours,” he added.


A TREE is down at the Premier Inn, near Ruishton Lane, in Taunton.


SOMERSET County Council is reporting that all roads are currently open - but drivers are being warned to take care as there is a lot of surface water around.


THE B3187 at Burn Hill, around Huntsham Lane, Milverton, is partially blocked due to a fallen tree.


TORRENTIAL rain and gale-force winds hit Taunton Deane and West Somerset again.

A number of trees have been uprooted, while flooding has been reported in several areas.

Let us have your photos and stories - e-mail us at phil.hill@countygazette.co.uk or call 01823-365100.



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