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Somerset floods: county remains on flood alert
Updated 10:50am Wednesday 8th January 2014 in News
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- Environment Agency warns of ongoing flooding on the Somerset Levels
- Roads including A372 and A361 closed
- Rain expected to ease later today.
- Use hashtag #somersetfloods to or tweet us your pictures to @CountyGazette @BWMercury @BHWeeklyNews or @chardandilynews
FOR updates from Wednesday (January 8), click here.
Back on dry land; thanks to Peter Nightingale for getting us back from #Muchelney #somersetfloods http://t.co/MEVFpz7bHd— @GazetteMMarsh 07 January 2014
DAVID Gooby, 62, who lives on the Huish Episcopi to Muchelney road, said the flooding is worse than last year.
He said: “I've been here for eight years and nobody has known it like this before.
"Fortunately we've managed to stop it getting in the house but it is surrounded and the cottage out the back is submerged.”
THIS was the view from a boat on the road, or river, to Muchelney Abbey from Huish Episcopi.
SOMERSET County Council is proposing more than £250,000 in new funding to help those hit by floods.
- A £50,000 grant to help people suffering hardship after flooding at home
- £200,000 in grants available for flood schemes
- £300,000 available to work in partnership with other agencies to begin to dredge key rivers including the River Parrett
- A commitment to lobby Government and Environment Agency for extra flood prevention funding for Somerset.
JARED Colclough talks about conditions while taking County Gazette reporter Michael Marsh and photographer Geoff Hall across the flood water to Muchelney.
No longer any Severe Flood Warnings in SW. Still 34 Flood Warnings and 38 Flood Alerts: Details here: http://t.co/VzM8T2b3rl #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 07 January 2014
The road out of #Muchelney #somersetfloods http://t.co/okOHSQgOkh— @GazetteMMarsh 07 January 2014
MARK Newman, of BARB Search and Rescue, said: "It's been a busy few days for us, probably the busiest in our 21 year history. It's what the volunteers have been working for and they've been doing a great job."
In #Muchelney church where villagers have been stocked with supplies #somersetfloods http://t.co/0UsCI9CB9g— @GazetteMMarsh 07 January 2014
Your house at risk of #flooding? Why not use our personal flood plan tool, It's quick and easy to do! http://t.co/imkLqGXeCp #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 07 January 2014
MEMBERS of the Burnham Area Rescue Boat charity in Muchelney today to bring supplies to people stranded by the floods.
Latest stats show that @DSFireUpdates attended twice as many incidents on #xmas eve (108) as the year before (54) due mainly to #flooding— @DSFireUpdates 07 January 2014
BARB has arrived to take supplies into #Muchelney #somersetfloods http://t.co/EV3IgiacHd— @GazetteMMarsh 07 January 2014
Our thoughts are with all those who have been flooded. Find out who to call for help at http://t.co/oHKLIohkHC #floodaware #UKStorm— @EnvAgency 07 January 2014
A field in #Muchelney has turned into a lake. Houses swamped and wind making water choppy #somersetfloods http://t.co/fWETJv7POw— @GazetteMMarsh 07 January 2014
#floods #Langport under flood alert!! Environment Agency has said get everything off the floor!! We are nice and dry if you fancy some lunch— @riverparrettc 07 January 2014
PAUL Mustow, flood Risk manager at the Environment Agency said: “The risk of flooding continues this week, with communities in the south west and south east urged to be particularly vigilant.
“Environment Agency teams have again been out in force over the weekend checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses, deploying temporary defences and monitoring water levels and will continue to work around the clock to protect communities at risk.
“We would ask people to be prepared by checking their flood risk, signing up to free flood warnings and keeping an eye on the latest flood updates via the EA website and Twitter.”
Sympathies for those cut off by floods at Muchelney! Despite record spending of 2.3bn on flood defenses this is still affecting locals (1/2)— @pow_rebecca 07 January 2014
Road to #Muchelney from #Langport completely swamped #somersetfloods http://t.co/JPcCUDOJgc— @GazetteMMarsh 07 January 2014
Road closures in Somerset due to flooding:
- A361 Main Road in Burrowbridge, Somerset Levels closed both ways between the Riverside junction and the Cuts Road junction.
- A372 in Othery closed both ways between the Load Pool junction and the Combe Lane junction.
- B3165 Martock Road in Long Sutton closed between the Knole Causeway junction and the Stapleton Close junction. Diversion in operation, approach with care.
- New Road in West Lyng closed between the A361 Main Road junction and the Moor Lane junction.
Flooding on Northmoor (& Currymoor beyond) #SomersetLevels #floods http://t.co/8TlHrMrp9c— @TowerWard 07 January 2014
DAVID Baverstock sent in this picture from near East Lyng:
Ollie Purvis from Jollies Wrantage said they have had to close until January 18 because of the flooding.
He said: "All of the water has got into the ground floor electrics."
NORTH Curry is totally impassable with up to 3ft deep floods.
Cars should find alternative routes and should not try and drive through as they are pushing more water into homes.
This is the bridge through #Langport - told more water expected from #Somerton direction #somersetfloods http://t.co/eQxL7vllax— @GazetteMMarsh 07 January 2014
Waves from driving through flood water can swamp homes! Please don't make matters worse for those affected by flooding.— @AASORT 07 January 2014
Island village of East Lyng between Northmoor & Currymoor #SomersetLevels #floods http://t.co/rWQvjUvCWU— @waterlevels 07 January 2014
Car submerged in flood water en route to Muchelney. http://t.co/jEcPcTSLnP— @GazettePHill 07 January 2014
Volunteers Dawn Hackney and Jared Colclough ferrying aid from @asda to villagers marooned by floods in Muchelney. http://t.co/2GOgAh4bPY— @GazettePHill 07 January 2014
OLLIE Purvis sent in this picture of Jollies Wrantage which has flooded for a fourth time:
THE Environment Agency's live flood map, updated every 15 minutes.
Many warnings and alerts remain in place across Somerset.
@Traffic_SouthW Standing water at Thornfalcon A358 Ilminster to Taunton passable but 5 mile queue http://t.co/nEeXEVamON— @Nickthebat 07 January 2014
#A358 northbound gridlocked from Thornfalcon to Henlade/M5. Lots of water on road to #Langport #somersetfloods— @GazetteMMarsh 07 January 2014
DRIVERS are being urdged to take care between Cross Keys and Bishops Lydeard as there is a lot of surface water.
THE current departure board at Taunton Train Station:
THERE is disruption on First Great Western trains between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple due to flooding at Eggesford.
The line has reopened but trains are running at a reduced speed of five miles an hour, leading to delays of up to 90 minutes and cancellations.
There is no estimate for when a normal service will resume.
GLYN Bryan sent in this picture of flooding at Stoke St Gregory:
TAKING a ride are: Tom Chedzoy,David Baverstock, David Hawkins, Ian Popham and Henry Griffin.
HENRY Griffin sent in this photo from Athelney Moor, near Taunton.
There are 3 SEVERE flood warnings, 32 flood warnings and 43 flood alerts in the SW. More info: http://t.co/vdfYmPMwp5 #floodaware #ukstorm.— @EnvAgencySW 07 January 2014
Rail: There are delays between Exeter St David's and London Waterloo due to signalling problems between Yeovil Junction and Crewkerne.
Please be careful out there, flood water + heavy rain = slow and careful driving. Take your time and take care.— @Stubell9 07 January 2014
The weather is forecast to get better today with the rain stopping and bright spells due throughout late morning and the afternoon.
This photo, taken at 8am, shows the skies clearing over Taunton.
On the roads, New Road in West Lyng, the A361 at Burrowbridge, and the A372 at Othery, are all closed due to flooding.
Flood warnings are in place at:
- Sampford Brett Bridge on the A358 and Sampford Mill Farm
- River Parrett (upper) from South Perrott to Thorney
- Salt Moor and North Moor including East Lyng, Burrowbridge, West Yeo, Moorland and Fordgate
- River Yeo from Yeovil to Langport
- River Parrett (lower) at Langport Westover Trading Estate
- A361 between East Lyng and Burrowbridge including the Somerset Levels Basket and Craft Centre area
- West Moor, Hay Moor and Curry Moor including New Road between North Curry and the A361, and Cutts Road at East Lyng
It says: "Between 5 and 15 mm of rain has fallen overnight across the area.
"These blustery showers, heavy in some locations, are forecast to continue into today, Tuesday, with most of the rainfall spreading east, out of the area, by early afternoon."
THE Environment Agency says 32 flood warnings are in place across the South-West this morning.
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