A SOMERSET road that closed after a mudslide and flooding has re-opened, despite today's weather making the clean-up work more challenging.

At around 2.40pm, Travel Somerset (the county council's roads information service) confirmed that the A358 at Combe Florey has been cleared.

The closure affected motorists travelling between Taunton and Minehead and users of the number 28 bus service.

A Travel Somerset spokesperson said: “Outstanding work, once again, by our highways team!

“Despite difficult weather conditions making the job trickier, the road has been cleaned up. The A358 at Combe Florey is now open.”

The police announced that the road was closed at around 7.30pm yesterday (September 5) “following a mudslide and flooding which has blocked the road”.

The mudslide followed a thunderstorm earlier in the evening. 

A county council highways team arrived at the scene last night and started work clearing the road of “mud and more potatoes” this morning. 

Monday's mudslide followed a similar incident on the same stretch of road near a West Somerset Railway bridge on August 15

After today's clear-up, Cllr Mike Rigby, Somerset County Council's executive member for travel and digital, said: “My thanks to the team for a swift response. Now to work with the farmer on a lasting response.”