A FLOOD alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for streams in the west Somerset area, particularly in and around Minehead and Watchet.

Areas most at risk include the Horner Water, Rivers Aller and Washford, and the Hawkcombe, Monksilver and Doniford Streams and tributaries.

Just some of the areas included in the warning are Minehead, Watchet, Porlock, and Doniford.

River remain high in the region following recent heavy rain.Somerset County Gazette: A map of the flood alert area issued in West Somerset.A map of the flood alert area issued in West Somerset. (Image: Environment Agency)

A band of heavy and persistent rain is forecast from midday today and through to around midnight tonight - rivers will respond and further flood warnings may be issued.

The forecast for tomorrow will be mostly dry but with the possibility of isolated, light showers.

The weekend is forecast to be generally dry.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: "We expect river levels to respond to Thursday’s rain and remain high over the next few days.

"We are monitoring rainfall and river levels and will issue flood warnings where necessary.

"Please consider local water levels, weather conditions, and your flood plan if you have one.

"Avoid using low lying footpaths, roads and any bridges near local watercourses and do not attempt to walk or drive through flood water."

An update from the Environment Agency is to be provided by 2pm tomorrow (Friday, January 5).