THE River Tone in Taunton looks full to the brim as heavy rain has poured down on Somerset since 2am this morning.

Earlier this week, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain, which came into effect at 2am today, and will remain in place until 6am tomorrow (Friday, February 9).

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Periods of heavy rain will bring the possibility of some disruption, particularly to transport."

Despite the Taunton river appearing as though it's about to burst its banks, no flood alert or warning has been issued by the Environment Agency.

The first flood alert issued since the downpour began came at 5:33pm yesterday (Wednesday, February 7).

The Environment Agency said that the river levels in the River Brue and the River Sheppey would rise in response to the rainfall, and that flooding of low-lying land and roads is possible.

Rivers and streams encompassed by the warning include: Brue, Sheppey, Glastonbury Millstream and North and South Drains.

Other alerts encompassed the following rivers:

  • River Frome and Mells, and the Whatley and Nunney Brooks and tributaries.
  • River Yeo from Sherborne to Yeovil, River Wriggle, Barwick Stream, West Coker Stream and the River Cam.
  • Rivers in North Somerset including Congresbury Yeo, Cheddar Yeo, Axe and tributaries.