THE Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for rivers in the east Somerset area.

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."

In the alert, the Environment Agency said river levels have responded to today's rainfall, which is expected to be followed by a 'further band of rainfall', heavy at times, this evening (Thursday, February 8), before moving out of the area around 10 PM.

A spokesperson added: "Further showers are forecast during Friday morning.

"The river levels on the River Brue and the River Sheppey have risen and will remain high into Friday.

"The continued flooding of low-lying land and roads is possible and will remain a risk into Friday."Somerset County Gazette: A map of the affected area in east Somerset.A map of the affected area in east Somerset. (Image: Environment Agency)

The B3151 Glastonbury to Meare Road is reportedly the area most at risk, and overtopping is possible from the Glastonbury Millstream and the River Brue at North Drain and Westhay.

The River Brue is forecast to be bank-full upstream of Bruton Dam with field flooding likely.

Those residing in the affected area are advised to avoid using low lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses and urged to not attempt to walk, cycle or drive through flood water.

Flood alert area: Rivers Brue, Sheppey, Glastonbury Millstream and North and South Drains.