SOMERSET has been hit with even more flood warnings and alerts by the Environment Agency today (Thursday, February 22).

The fresh round of cautions come after a Met Office weather warning for rain was in effect from midnight until 12pm on Wednesday, February 21, with the downpour continuing into the evening and through the night in many areas.

Although the warning is no longer in effect, and many flooded river levels have fallen, showers across the county mean flooding is expected or possible in a huge number of areas.

As an inordinate number of rivers look set to burst their banks for what feels like the umpteenth time in 2024, here are all of the flood warnings and alerts in effect currently.

Flood warnings in Somerset - flooding expected

A record for this year so far, seven flood warnings are currently in effect, meaning residents in affected areas are advised to 'act now'.

Nunney Brook

  • Areas most at risk: locations near the Nunney Brook, River Mells, low lying land particularly around properties at Church Street in Nunney.
  • Flood warning area: Nunney Brook including Wanstrow, Holwell, Nunney and Egford and the Sharpshaw Watercourse.

River Brue and Glastonbury Millstream from Lovington to Highbridge, low lying properties

  • Areas most at risk: Roads in Catsham, Cowbridge and West Lydford, and the B3151 Glastonbury to Meare road. Properties on Dyehouse Lane, Glastonbury are at risk from the Glastonbury Millstream overtopping, and river overtopping at Baltonsborough is expected.
  • Flood warning area: Tootle Bridge, Catsham, Church Moor at Baltonsborough, Street Drove, the B3151 Glastonbury to Meare road, Westhay Bridge and Tadham Moor.

River Mells and Whatley Brook

  • Areas most at risk: Properties at Vobster, Great Elm, Egford, Coleford, Mells and Spring Gardens near Frome.
  • Flood warning area: River Mells including Edford, Ham Bridge, Coleford, Lower Vobster, Mells, Great Elm and Spring Gardens and the Whatley Brook.

River Sheppey

  • Areas most at risk: The area around Charlton Viaduct, the Cider Factory and Draycott Road in Shepton Mallet, and the area around Jack’s Bridge in Croscombe.
  • Flood warning area: Shepton Mallet to Lower Godney including Garston Street, Leg Square, Lower Lane, Longbridge and Draycott Road in Shepton Mallet and properties in Bowlish, Darshill, Croscombe, Dulcote, Coxley, Fenny Castle, Wookey, Upper Godney and Lower Godney.

River Yarty from Yarcombe to Axminster:

  • Areas most at risk: Properties and low lying areas near the river - minor roads and fords near to and across the river are likely to become impassable.
  • Flood warning area: Riverside locations and roads between Yarcombe and Axminster, including Long Bridge, Case Bridge, Beckford Bridge and Yarty Bridge.

Somerset Frome from Frome to Freshford:

  • Areas most at risk: Locations near the Somerset Frome, with low lying land, particularly around the Westwood to Freshford road.
  • Flood warning area: Spring Gardens to Freshford including Oldford, Lullington Weir, Beckington Mill, Eden Vale Farm, Shawford, Rode, Stowford Mill, Farleigh Hungerford, Iford Bridge and Friary.

Somerset Frome from Witham Friary to Frome:

  • Areas most at risk: Locations near the Somerset Frome, with low lying land particularly around Feltham Lane and Wallbridge.
  • Flood warning area: Witham Friary to Wallbridge including Bullsbridge Farm, Blatchbridge Mill, Feltham Bridge, Wallbridge Mills, Harris Close, Tucker Close, Waters Edge, River Walk, Ellworthy Court and the A362 at Wallbridge.

Washford River, riverside properties from Kingsbridge to Lower Roadwater

  • Areas most at risk: Properties in Roadwater and roads in Kingsbridge.
  • Flood warning area: Riverside properties from Kingsbridge to Lower Roadwater including riverside properties in Kingsbridge, New mill, Langridge Mills and riverside properties in upper Roadwater and lower Roadwater.

Flood alerts in Somerset - Flooding possible

The Environment Agency says flooding is 'possible' in the following areas.

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

  • East Somerset Rivers: Rivers Brue, Sheppey, Glastonbury Millstream and North and South Drains.
  • Exmoor Rivers: the Upper River Exe from Exford to Exebridge, the Rivers Barle, Lyn, Mole and Bray and their tributaries, and coastal streams from Combe Martin to Lynton.
  • Lower Tone and Parrett Moors: Lower Rivers Tone and Parrett including West Moor, Hay Moor, Curry Moor, Stan Moor, Salt Moor and North Moor.
  • River Tone catchment: River Tone from Clatworthy Reservoir to Currymoor, the Hillfarrance Brook, the Halsewater Stream and other tributaries in the River Tone catchment.
  • River Yeo and River Parrett Moors around Muchelney and Thorney: River Yeo and River Parrett Moors including access from Langport, Law Lane from Drayton, Law Lane from Thorney, Wetmoor Lane from Long Load and properties in Muchelney, Muchelney Ham and Thorney.
  • South East Somerset Rivers, Upper Reaches: River Yeo from Sherborne to Yeovil, River Wriggle, Barwick Stream, West Coker Stream and the River Cam.
  • South Somerset Rivers, Upper Reaches: Rivers Parrett and Isle and tributaries.
  • Upper Frome and tributaries: Tributaries between Toller Whelme and Dorchester.
  • West Somerset Streams: Horner Water, Rivers Aller and Washford, and the Hawkcombe, Monksilver and Doniford Streams and tributaries.