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- Homes left without power
- Trees down
- Flooding continues
- Severe flood warnings for River Tone
- Some schools closing early
@CountyGazette Anyone can help those hurt most by these awful floods by supporting @SomersetCF donate by texting 70070 NOAH95 £10 I just did— @tauntonmayor 05 February 2014
The rest centre at North Petherton Bowling Club has also been stood down. For emergency support call 0800 917 6520 (SDC residents only).— @SedgemoorDC 05 February 2014
The A38 between Taunton and Wellington is now open, although police are advising drivers to go slowly as there is a lot of standing water in place.
All roads in and around Moorland have worsened in the bad weather with flooding continuing and more properties affected.
North Newton village centre is flooded from adjacent land. A sluice has been opened which has significantly reduced the level and extent of flooding in the village.
Maunsell Road in North Newton is impassable. This a local link to the A361 which will serve to create more local problems of access around the highway network in that area.
The A361 from Burrowbridge to East Lyng is closed due to flooding.
Ward Lane between Chedzoy and Stawell is closed due to flooding.
The A378 at Wrantage is shut due to flooding. The closure will be in place from Red Post on the A372
The A30 Crewkerne Road in Chard shut due to fallen tree on the road, and will remain closed overnight
Ruishton Village has been flooded since early the morning, with the village being closed since lunchtime.
New Road in Staple Fitzpaine is closed due to fallen trees.
The A378 Langport Road between Wrantage to Fivehead area is closed.
Bradford Bridge in Bradford on Tone is closed.
Only one road is available into Nynehead from the Langford Buville direction as all remaining roads to the village are impassable.
New Road and Moor Lane in North Curry is closed.
Flooding Ash Cross, Thornfalcon. One car flooded, two men rescued by fire. Don't assume all flooding is signed. #ThinkDontSink— @nic_police 05 February 2014
Temporary dam getting ready to go in at Moorland. #somersetfloods http://t.co/W86PdU8lW6— @ASPBridgwater 05 February 2014
Police have advised people in Northmoor, Saltmoor and Fordgate to evacuate.
A rest centre for those affected has been set up at the North Petherton Bowling Club.
The police flew over the villages earlier with a helicopter broadcasting the warning to the residents with the helicopter's skyshout system.
Another rest centre was set up in Westfield Church in Bridgwater, but it has since been stood down.
Westfield Church rest centre has been stood down. Rest Centre at North Petherton Bowling Club is still running.— @SedgemoorDC 05 February 2014
RSPB South West has also welcomed the PM's £10m funding announcement.
Mark Robins, from the charity, said: "This kick-starts the work of the Government’s recently announced 20-year action plan to give Somerset Levels a safe and sustainable future.
"The plan now needs to put nature at the very core of managing water in this precious farmed wetland environment.”
In response to the Prime Minister’s comments on dredging, Mr Robins added: “Critical watercourses, in good condition, are key. "This includes dredging in the right places and at the right scale.
"In this, there is absolutely no reason to see nature sacrificed and we are working with local people to make sure the Level’s wildlife-rich wetlands are fully built into the planned dredge.
“To be clear, the RSPB fully supports, as part of a package of measures, the dredge proposed by the Royal Bath & West Society on the Rivers Tone and Parrett, but elsewhere, in the wrong place and in the wrong form, dredging could be an environmental disaster."
MORE on the news that Somerset is to get £10million extra funding to tackle flooding, as announced today by the Prime Minister.
David Cameron pledged the extra cash during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.
He told MPs the cash would go on “urgent work in Somerset, to deliver the action plan currently being prepared by local agencies”.
His announcement - part of a £100million nationwide package for essential flood repairs and maintenance next year - came just 24 hours after Prince Charles expressed his horror at the devastation on the Somerset Levels.
It follows an earlier promise by the Prime Minister that dredging would be carried out on the Rivers Parrett and Tone as soon as weather conditions permit - something Environment Secretary Owen Paterson confirmed in the Commons this week following a question from Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne.
Following yesterday's announcement of further aid for the area, Mr Browne said: “I am pleased that the pressure being put on the Government in the House of Commons has resulted in extra funding to combat flooding in Somerset.
“I will continue to insist on dredging and other flood alleviation measures to reduce the risk of flooding in future years.”
Vivary Park in Taunton. (Photo: Lord Parker Photography)
Nynehead Road, Wellington is currently closed #flooding http://t.co/TUTK4lg4po— @ASPWellington 05 February 2014
The scene in Ruishton today. Photo: Geoff Hall
THE A39 at Keenthorne, near Nether Stowey (Photo: Jeff Searle).
A motorist slowly makes their way through floodwater at Rumwell (Photo: Geoff Hall)
POLICE have advised people in more than 150 properties to leave their homes following this morning's severe weather warnings for the Fordgate and Northmoor area - and the second for the A361 from East Lyng to Burrowbridge.
A statement from Avon & Somerset Police said:
"At Fordgate and Northmoor there are more than 150 properties where people are being advised to leave their homes.
"Police officers and volunteers have knocked on doors or called on the phone to deliver the advice that they should leave immediately.
"A retaining wall at Baltmoor is in danger of overtopping, which would release an increased volume of flood water into the area.
"There are six properties in Saltmoor that we have been unable to contact because of inaccessibility caused by the floods."
Welcome to Williton? http://t.co/IACbde5V0k— @mark_mrtack 05 February 2014
PRIME Minister David Cameron has announced £100 million towards national flood defences and maintenance over next year.
DOUG Lowe took this photo of traffic on the A358 at Lower Henlade this morning.
A NUMBER of schools in the area are to close early today following the bad weather:
They are as follows:
- Lyngford Park Primary School - Will close at 1.15pm
- North Newton Primary School and Ruishton Primary School - Parents being asked to collect children as soon as possible.
- Selworthy Primary School - Will close at 12.30pm
- Thurlbear Primary School - Is reportedly in the process of closing.
AVON & Somerset Police are warning motorists not to travel unless the journey is "essential."
A statement said: "We are urging motorists only to make journeys if it is absolutely essential, due to bad weather which is sweeping through the area.
"High winds and driving rain are making driving conditions difficult across Somerset – particularly in the Taunton area where the A38 and A358 have been affected by fallen trees and other debris.
"Many roads in the area are impassable because of trees and branches, which have fallen due to the high winds.
Other roads also have surface water which is making driving conditions difficult as heavy rain sweeps through the whole of the Avon and Somerset Police force area.
"There are queues and congestion on many roads throughout the Somerset area and we are urging people to only make essential journeys.
Those who have to travel on the roads are being urged to plan their journey in advance, anticipate delays and also listen to news broadcasts and bulletins on local radio stations about closed roads or where there is severe traffic congestion.
"If you are travelling, avoid small isolated lanes and roads which go across low-lying land and are near to watercourses and drainage channels and prone to flooding.
"Motorists should not attempt to drive through floodwater where there can be many hidden threats, including pot holes, cambers and roadside ditches and watercourses. Also avoid parking near to roadside watercourses."
River Tone next to Somerset County Cricket club http://t.co/FXXwozm4UE— @AndyDMMitchell 05 February 2014
RIVER levels are high in Williton
NORTH Curry this morning:
Credit: Mandy Lidster-Griffiths (Facebook)
Somerset Levels floods: 'Danger to life' alert on A361 http://t.co/DYyz5PzxsI http://t.co/gfmjtXkYqK— @bbcpointswest 05 February 2014
YOU can request sandbags by contacting Taunton Deane Council on 01823 356356.
WE have received reports that the A38 between Taunton and Wellington is now closed.
The area around Rumwell is particularly badly affected, more information to follow.
RT @EnvAgency: SEVERE FLOOD WARNING: Salt Moor & North Moor including Moorland. Take action now #alert #floodaware http://t.co/dVbUk9hWZg— @srlammie 05 February 2014
THE Environment Agency have issued SEVERE flood warnings for A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge - and Salt Moor & North Moor including Moorland Take - they are urging people to take immediate action.
SEVERE FLOOD WARNING: A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge, #Somerset. Take action now #alert #floodaware http://t.co/NOyu2RsO4t— @EnvAgencySW 05 February 2014
THE Environment Agency are to issue a severe flood warning for the River Tone imminently.
People are being asked to cooperate with police.
RT @EnvAgencySW: @applefmtaunton Overtopping imminent We're about to issue severe flood warning and asking people to cooperate with the pol…— @applefmtaunton 05 February 2014
RT @ASPWellington: The A38 between Taunton and Wellington is again closed due to flooding we're sorry to say. Vehicle are being turned arou…— @bbcsomerset 05 February 2014
A COMMUTER from Wiveliscombe say there is lots of water on the road at Norton Fitzwarren and also at Hillcommon.
Motorists are advised to drive carefully.
DOUG Lowe, chairman of Ruishton Parish Council, says the road bewteen the village and Creech St Michael is flooded.
This evening's parish council meeting has been switched from Ruishton Village Hall to the church hall in the village.
Mr Lowe has also warned of lots of water on the road at Lower Henlade.
"It's stop start for traffic on the A358 both ways," said Mr Lowe.
@GazetteDMorris Heavy flooding in areas on the way to Minehead this morning. Passable atm but horrendous. http://t.co/loaQqDu6mI— @Betht1979 05 February 2014
Monument Rd, Wellington road is currently closed due to a fallen tree. Awaiting attendance from highways.— @ASPWellington 05 February 2014
RT @waterlevels: River Tone in full flood flow through Taunton this morning: desperate situation on the #SomersetLevels downstream http://t…— @LansdownIns 05 February 2014
Stathe and Stoke St Gregory now virtually unreachable by car unless 4x4. Roads flooded in Stathe, Burrowbridge and Curry Mallet #somerset— @aathorner 05 February 2014
#NewtonAbbot - An hourly bus service is running between Taunton and Plymouth #UKStorm http://t.co/nIHn4RrMG6— @nationalrailenq 05 February 2014
River Tone in full flood flow through Taunton this morning: desperate situation on the #SomersetLevels downstream http://t.co/idJXB3ggfu— @waterlevels 05 February 2014
Tomorrow's (Thursday) race meeting at Taunton has been abandoned due to a waterlogged course.
23mm of rain fell overnight , with a further 12mm expected today.
We regret to inform you that racing has been abandoned for the Thursday 6th February, the course is waterlogged... http://t.co/SppW5TcaVC— @TauntonRacing 05 February 2014
Motorist Richard Cavill is stuck on the A358 at Henlade, travelling towards Taunton, and says he has moved five car lengths in 15 minutes.
The Environment Agency have issued an amber warning for strong winds and rain across the South-West, including Somerset, this morning.
Winds of up to 70mph are to hit the county, with further disruptions to transport and power outages due to fallen trees expected.
@WeatherTaunton it's wild in minehead tree blown down on esplanade and the harbours taken a battering— @MineheadHarbour 04 February 2014
TRAVEL: Reports of Flooding on Greenway Road Taunton and in the usual places in Ruishton.— @applefmtaunton 05 February 2014
Up to 700 homes across Somerset are without power this morning after a stormy night of heavy rain and winds.
Police have reported several fallen trees down across roads in the county, including one on the southbound M5 near Wellington (now cleared).