South-West Storm: Chaos continues on Tuesday

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  • Flood warnings continue today after heavy rain and wind carry on throughout the evening.
  • Trains delayed and problems on the road.
  • Passengers stranded at Taunton over night.
  • Send your pictures to or tweet @CountyGazette



A PERSON was rescued from their car this afternoon in Creech St Michael after it was stuck in floodwater.


VIVARY Park earlier today:

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THE golf course at Vivary Park:

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THE fire service will be striking between 7pm until midnight tonight and are urging people to take extra care. 

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "It is important that the public recognises the strike will have an impact on our normal arrangements.

"The service has substantial contingency plans in place to ensure that we will continue to respond to emergency incidents. 

"However, our capability to respond quickly may be reduced during the period of strike. 

"The service is still receiving calls to motorists stuck in floodwater this evening. 

"It is particularly important that people do not put themselves or others at risk during the period if strike." 

Area manager Phil Martin added: "People must ask themselves, is it worth gambling with your car and maybe even your life to take the shortest route home rather than take a detour on a safer journey."

The strikes are taking place due to a dispute with the Government over pension reforms. 




THE Environment Agency says: "Risk of flooding continues across south and south west England.

"We are closely monitoring the situation on the Somerset Levels and Moors where water levels continue to rise.

"Unsettled weather will return to England on Boxing Day night into Friday morning with rivers responding quickly to rain falling on already saturated ground.

"There is currently one severe flood warning, plus 124 flood warnings and 245 flood alerts in place across England and Wales.

"These figures are likely to increase as rivers respond to last night’s rainfall.

"People are urged to remain vigilant to the ongoing risks of flooding throughout the Christmas period and to avoid driving or walking through flood water."




FLOODING at Wilton lands in Vivary Park:

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THE Met Office expects a calmer and colder spell for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

It said: "For Christmas Day and Boxing Day, we are expecting a colder and less windy interlude with overnight frosts and sunny spells and a wintry mix of showers.

"So there is a chance that some places, especially the higher ground of the west and north, may see a White Christmas.

"For most of us though Christmas is likely to be green not white."

Met Office chief forecaster Eddy Carroll, said: "Another Atlantic depression is expected to bring a further spell of wet and windy weather to the UK Thursday night and on Friday.

"Generally this is not expected to bring as severe conditions as the recent storms, although rain falling on to saturated ground brings the risk of further flooding.

"Throughout this spell of unsettled weather everyone is advised to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecasts and National Severe Weather Warnings and find out what to do in severe weather so they can plan ahead and be prepared for the weather in store."

David Jordan, director of Operations at Environment Agency added: "Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by flooding.

"Whilst the worst of the bad weather has now past, rivers continue to respond to the heavy rain.

"We urge people to remain prepared for possible flooding and avoid driving or walking through flood water.

"Our teams are on the ground working around the clock to protect communities from flooding. 

"We are ready to respond to further risks of flooding throughout the Christmas holidays."

You can keep up to date with the latest forecasts from the Met Office here.


MOTORISTS should take care on the A39 at the turn for Selworthy due to flooding.



A GOOD service has resumed on trains from Taunton however there are still some cancellations.

Here is the current live departure board for Taunton Train Station:

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READER Jim Cole sent in this picture of an unlucky motorcyclist pushing his bike through flooded Ruishton to Creech St Michael this morning:

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IF you have been affected by flooding, you can call the Environment Agency's Floodline 24/7 for advice on: 0845-988-1188. 



THE live departure board at Taunton Train Station:

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FLOODING also affected a number of homes in Ilminster last night.

Two properties in Station Road suffered at the hands of the deluge at around 3am.

Fire crews pumped away the water to try to alleviate the flood damage into a nearby drainage ditch.

There were also problems at Eames Mill at Ashwell, Ilminster, where floodwater from a burst river went into a property.

Then, this morning at 6.40am, a home in North Street, Ilminster, had two feet of water in its cellar.

At 7.10am, fire crews were called out again to a woman who was stuck in her car in floodwater at Three Bridges at Puckington, near Ilminster.



SOUTH West Trains has reopened some services, and will be updating their website as more routes are reopened.

The company said: "Services now running on some routes but with significantly fewer trains due to more than 60 fallen trees and nine areas of flooding.

"Early morning safety checks on tracks identify greater damage and blockages than expected.

"Customers advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

"Extra customer service staff will be on hand at key locations to provide advice and assistance to passengers."

Ticket flexibility has been increased to allow passengers to change their time of travel if necessary.

To check routes, click here


MINEHEAD was badly hit by flooding last night, especially in Wellington Square.

The drains have been cleared and roads are reported as being fine, but drivers are still be warned to take care.

Photo: Aaron Clarke. 

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REPORTER Daniel Milligan said some of the roads towards North Curry and Stoke St Gregory are flooded.

Broad Lane is flooded and parts of Huntham Lane, in Meare Green are also underwater.


SOMERSET County Council’s Highways team received 275 calls up to 5pm yesterday, responding to more than 150 reports of hazards in the road, including fallen trees and other debris, and more than 50 incidents of drains and gullies blocked by branches.

Most A and B roads remain passable but around 40 fallen trees were removed from roads and some of the worst problems involved flooding on routes including the A357 at Horsington, the A358 at Donyatt, Williton to Taunton, and between Taunton and Ilminster.

Further flooding was reported around Yeovil, Ilchester and Ilminster and there were reports of drivers ignoring road closed signs and becoming stranded.

Leader John Osman said: “I’d like to pay tribute to all our staff and contractors who have been working flat out to keep Somerset’s roads clear in the pre-Christmas rush.

“It’s been a tough 48 hours for them at a time when most of us are winding down for Christmas, and if needs be they will be out again over Christmas Day, Boxing Day and beyond."

To report a fallen tree or other problem on the highway call 0845 345 9155




THIS is the live departure board at Taunton Train Station:

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WESTERN Power says it is still dealing with incidents in Wellington and Taunton.



THE Environment Agency has removed the flood warning for the River Tone from Bathpool to Silkmills which was issued late last night. 





FIRE crews from Devon and Somerset were called to 250 weather-related incidents last night, including flooding of properties and rescues of motorists from floodwater.

The service is warning motorists not to drive through floodwater, as it could put themselves and others at risk.

Area manager Phil Martin said: “It is impossible for motorists to tell how deep water is or the condition of the ground beneath. There is a significant risk to life if motorists become stranded.

“If they do see floodwater on the road, they should not attempt to drive through it but should try to find an alternative route. And if a road has been closed, it is for the safety of the public and closure signs should be respected.”






THE weather forecast for today:

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THE M5 through Somerset is moving well as is the A303.

The A37 between Yeovil and Ilchester is blocked.



THOSE who were stuck at Taunton Train Station are now being supplied with taxis to take them home.


THE Environment Agency are running a live flood map to let people know which rivers are under a flood alert or flood warning.

To see for yourself, click here


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A FLOOD warning remains in place for the River Tone Silk Mills Bridge to Bathpool including: Roughmoor Close, Palmerston Road, French Weir, Castle Street and Station Road.



MORE than 200 homes in Taunton area are without power according to Western Power Distribution.



THE latest from National Express: "Our services are currently running, however, due to the adverse weather some services are likely to run with some delays."



FIRST Great Western and South West Trains are not running services and have revised their estimated time of getting services running.

They now say it is unlikely that services will be running until after 10am.


DEVON and Somerset Fire Service attended 190 incidents between 6pm last night and 6am this morning, the majority of those flood related.


WHILE the worst of the wind and rain is over, 18 flood warnings remain in place today (December 24) throughout Somerset.

People have been left stranded on trains at Taunton over night.

First Great Western is cancelling and delaying trains but hope that by 10am a normal service can resume.


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