Somerset Floods: Amber warning of rain with gusts of 80mph expected later (From Somerset County Gazette)
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Somerset Floods: Amber warning of rain with gusts of 80mph expected later
Updated 8:47am Saturday 15th February 2014 in News
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- 18 flood warnings, plus two severe flood warnings, in place in South-West
- Torrential rain expected for much of Friday
- Forecasters also predict strong winds and a possibility of sleet
- Strong winds forecast for Friday night Saturday morning
- Flooding closes North Curry Primary School today
Swan being washed @SWWR after being found in polluted water in East Lyng, likely caused by the recent flooding http://t.co/vVDZU2vi5k— @SWWR 14 February 2014
RT @FGW: Due to major disruption across our network customers are advised not to travel until further notice. Travel advice @ http://t.co/P…— @J500ANT 14 February 2014
RT @DJAFothergill: Great to hear that SCC are to set up a community relief centre in Burrowbridge at the school incl. SCC teams + community…— @CountyGazette 14 February 2014
SCC delivered today another 50 tonnes of stone to help the multi-agency effort to rebuild Moorland footpath damaged by #somersetfloods— @SomersetCouncil 14 February 2014
THE A358 has been closed both ways at Williton, near Luckes Lane, due to a fallen tree.
Flooding has reached the A39 at Kilve. This photo was sent in by Andrew Takle.
MARY Mackay, who also lives next to the affected stretch of road, is worried that inconsiderate drivers could be making the situation on New Road in Ilminster worse.
She said: "Up here on the Beacon the road has been closed due to serious road 'slumping' - too soon to say land slip but give it time.
"There are cracks you can get your fingers in and it is steadily getting worse.
"But, despite the police road closed signs for the short stretch motorists just get out, move the signs and drive on through. This may account for it getting worse more quickly, especially the lorries driving through - they are heavy.
"The police have been up at least three times to my knowledge to replace the signs and I have not been here all the time.
"We neighbours have also been putting them back too when we walk down to be nosey!
"I hope drivers realise that they invalidate their insurance, never mind adding to the risk of landslip to the homes directly opposite.
"Also if the steep hill were suddenly to give way they would be at the bottom very quickly and probably not the right way up and certainly injured."
NEW Road in Ilminster has been closed over fears of a road slip.
A police spokesman said: "It will be closed for some time, as there is clear evidence that the road is subsiding along a 50- to 80-metre stretch, and is therefore dangerous.
"There are clearly visible cracks, many metres long, on both sides, some as deep as three inches and two inches wide where it is falling away.
"Highways have been notified and are due to carry out an inspection at any time."
Met Office issues amber weather warning for high winds of up to 70mph http://t.co/eVuBlai0Mv #ukweather http://t.co/XN2VM0JcXP— @TelegraphNews 14 February 2014
HEALTH bosses are reminding people of the dangers of flood water.
Dr Trudi Grant, director of public health for Somerset County Council and Professor Debra Lapthorne, Public Health England centre director for Devon, Cornwall and Somerset are urging people affected by flooding to look after their health as well as their property.
Dr Grant said: "It’s important to be aware that there are health risks from flooding and you do need to take some precautionary measures.
"Thankfully, in this country, the risk from really serious infections linked to floods is quite low. That said, floodwater in homes can still contain plenty of harmful bugs which can cause diarrhoea, fever and tummy pain if you’re not careful – so follow good hygiene and wash your hands frequently with soap.
"Accidental drowning is probably the most obvious risk, and serious injury can be caused by falling into fast flowing water or from dangers underneath floodwater, like missing manhole covers or hidden objects.
“It can be tempting to use generators, outside heaters or barbecues indoors when there has been a flood and you are trying to get warm and dry out.
"However, there is a serious danger from carbon monoxide fumes in using something indoors that is only intended for outdoor use. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal and can happen quite quickly.
"We would always recommend that people have carbon monoxide alarms fitted, but it’s important to be particularly cautious and do not use petrol or diesel generators of other similar fuel-driven equipment indoors following floods or power cuts.”
Public Health England has worked with the Environment Agency to produce a public advice leaflet on flooding and its impact. The leaflet is available on the internet here.
LOTS of water is collecting on the road from Halse to Milverton. Officers are urging motorists to take extra care on your journey.
To report a dangerous situation or emergency, please call our 24 hour number: http://t.co/YGSCg9skf3— @wpduk 14 February 2014
RT @SouthWestFarm: Overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone #farmershelpingfarmers http://t.co/tStEA90Alb— @Smallholder 14 February 2014
We urge people to stay safe and not drive through flood water. Keep up to date on social media @EnvAgency, #floodaware.— @EnvAgencySW 14 February 2014
To make things a little easier for our customers during the flooding disruption, we have lifted ticket restrictions today.— @FGW 14 February 2014
THERE are currently two severe flood warnings, 21 flood warnings and 62 flood alerts in the South-West.
Few days back in the north this weekend. Thinking of everyone who has let me + others tell their story during the #somersetfloods— @agrayphoto 14 February 2014
New contact form dedicated to people affected by #SomersetFloods & update on security of evacuated homes http://t.co/T9pxHS7Z8O— @ASPolice 13 February 2014
A reminder that these signs are put up for a reason, ignore them at your peril! #floodaware #ukstorm2014 http://t.co/dfjMY2ova6— @DSFireUpdates 14 February 2014
DRAMATIC pictures of the flooding at Longrun Meadow in Taunton shows the transformation from before the rain started.
THE following roads have been affected by flooding. Report any problems on the roads to Somerset County Council on 0845-3459155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lane closure, A38 dual carriageway at Dunball – Environment Agency (EA) installing additional pumps.
- A361 Burrowbridge to East Lyng – still closed due to flooding.
- Roads in and around Moorland, nr North Petherton – Flooding to roads and properties remains.
- Main road to Moorland now closed but is passable with care. A large number of ramps in carriageway to accomodate pumps. Access is being managed by the police.
- Marsh Lane, Huntworth – passable with care
- Ward Lane, Chedzoy between Chedzoy and Stawell – closed due to flooding.
- Bullhorn Drove, Westonzoyland – closed due to flooding.
- Ruggs Drove (Fowlers Plot), Chedzoy – closed due to flooding
- A372 Langport Road (Seven Bends) from Othery to Aller – Road closed due to flooding and EA works. Additional advanced signs have been put out. Large pump brought in by EA is at work.
- Tuxwell Lane, Spaxton – road passable with care.
- Banklands, North Newton – surface water present but passable with care
- Fordgate, Moorland – one access route closed due to flooding. The other access route has surface water but is passable with care.
- Rookscastle, Broomfield – road closed due to flooding
- Edbrook Lane, Cannington – road now open
- Middlezoy Road (Place Drove), Middlezoy – Road flooded, passable with care but situation improving
- Holloway Road, Middlezoy – Road flooded but passable with care
- Liney Road, Westonzoyland – Road passable with care but may ned to be closed today. Pumping of water has not been successful.
- Bonson Road, Stockland Bristol – Flood damage to verge and carriageway, passable with care
- Ashford Lane, Spaxton – Road flooded but passable with care
- Perry Green Road, Wembdon – passable with care
- Lakewall/Bullhorn Drove, Westonzoyland – Road closed due to fallen tree – teams to attend site today
- Tuckerton Lane, North Petherton – Road flooded and damage to edges but passable with care
- Park Lane, Goathurst -Road flooded but passable with care
- A372 Pibsury, closed since 23 December and remains closed
- All roads to Muchelney, Thorney closed since 24 December and remain closed
- Oath, closed since the week of 6 January and remains closed
- Long Load Bridge, B3165 closed since 24 December and remains closed
- A372 Othery to Aller – closed
- Two Tower Lane, Stoford – Flooded and impassable
- Broadway Road, Broadway – Flooded and impassable
- B3168, Puckington Road – Passable with care
- B3168, Puckington Road, near Ilminster Cemetery/Higher Beacon – closed
- Mendip (information last updated Friday 14 February 9:29am)
- Godney Road, Godney – closed
- Long Drove – flooding but passable with care
- Back River Drove – passable with care
- Meare Road, Glastonbury – open
- Ruishton Village has been flooded since early Wednesday (5 February) morning.
- Cheats Corner near Ruishton and Creech St Michael – flooded and impassable
- Ham area – flooded and impassable
- West Sedgemoor Road, near Hellands Mead, North Curry – closed
- Tarr Road, Lydeard StLawrence – closed
- Lydeard StLawrence – West Leigh Lane – closed
- New Road/Moor Lane, North Curry – closed
- Cutts Road, East Lyng (to Athelney) – closed
- Burrowbridge to Huntworth – flooding – closed
- A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge – closed
- Burrowbridge to Stathe – flooded but passable with care
- Stathe to Oath – flooded – 4×4 only
- Shepherds Drove, Burrowbridge – closed
- Knapp – closed
- Lower Henlade – passable
- Stream Road, Wiliton – flooding – road closed
- Sampford Rocks, Sampford Brett – landslip – road closed
- Dyche Road, Holford – flooding – road closed
@GazetteDMilli Urgent need for volunteers to help sandbag in moorland on the somerset levels. please contact robin brown on 01823 49015— @Bristolsaint7 14 February 2014
NORTH Curry Primary School is closed today due to flooding.
PEOPLE in Chadmead, near North Newton, have been equipped with sandbags this morning after fears water levels could rise further.
47 households have now passed through SDC's rest centre at Westfield Church. SDC staff and all volunteers doing a great job #somersetfloods— @SedgemoorDC 14 February 2014
Dutch press reporting senior water officials have flown to Somerset to provide their expertise to EA. #somersetfloods @dredgetherivers— @Hippiepig 14 February 2014
I'm out and about again today, helping ensure we're fighting the floods on every front. Protecting areas predicted to be hit is a key aim.— @David_Cameron 14 February 2014
RAIL passengers continue to face travel chaos due to flooding between Taunton and Bridgwater.
This photo from First Great Western (FGW) shows the swamped tracks between the two towns, which is almost completely under water.
The company has today released more advice for passengers and issued information on how to claim a refund.
For those looking to get to London, a two-hourly service will operate between Exeter St Davids and Paddington.
An hourly rail shuttle will operate between Taunton and Exeter St Davids calling at Tiverton Parkway.
Services to Somerset, Devon and Cornwall via Bristol Temple Meads will terminate at Weston-super-Mare, with a limited, hourly service extending to Bridgwater.
Ticket restrictions have been lifted across all FGW services, allowing customers with advance purchase and off peak tickets to travel on any available service, via any reasonable route up to and including Friday, February 14.
FLOODING can have profound effects on people's mental health and well-being, such as a sharp increase in stress levels, Public Health England warns.
The Government body has produced a document entitled 'Flooding and mental health: Essential information for front-line responders.'
To view it and for further advice, click here.
Somerset Emergency Flood Relief Fund Appeal has reached £288,499 so far. Amazing community response. #somersetfloods— @GazetteDMilli 14 February 2014
PEOPLE who are using petrol or diesel generators to heat or pump water are being warned to ventilate the room to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
With heavy downpours forecast for most of Friday, Public Health England (PHE) is also urging people at risk of evacuation to pack a 'flood kit', including:
- phone numbers, insurance documents, bank cards and money, medicines and medical devices, hearing aid batteries, glasses and contact lensesclothing, a toothbrush and personal items.
If you have a baby, pack nappies, clothing and baby food.
Professor Virginia Murray, head of extreme events and health protection for PHE, said: "If flooding has been forecast where you live; take action and check the Environment Agency and Met Office websites for weather updates and news.
"Phone Floodline on 0345-9881188 or 0845-9881188 or your local authority if you have any questions.
"If you have already been flooded, or live near a river in flood remember that accidents happen in fast flowing floodwater so avoid walking or driving anywhere near floodwater.
"Take care if you or your family must go into flood water as there could be hidden dangers like sharp objects, raised manhole covers and pollution.
"In coastal areas and on paths near the sea keep well away from the edge as large waves and strong winds can easily sweep you off your feet.
"Water sports in swollen or fast flowing flooded rivers or in stormy sea conditions can be extremely dangerous and should be avoided."
Want to help those affected by #floods or need help from volunteers? Visit @floodvolunteers: http://t.co/bzmNw3ZEfY #FloodHeroes— @Number10gov 14 February 2014
THE amber warning of rain is in place until 2pm with the Met Office also issuing an amber warning of wind for tonight into Saturday morning.
People are being warned to prepare for further disruption to travel as gusts of up to 80mph hit the county.
The Met Office website warns: "The very strong winds will be accompanied by large waves along the south coast and the public should also be aware of these potentially dangerous conditions and also the possibility of coastal flooding."
AS well as the major roads that have been affected by flooding for weeks - the A372 and A361 in particular - people are being warned floodwater is making travel around areas such as Ruishton, Bradford on Tone and Wrantage difficult this morning.
We'll post more details as we have them.
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