LiveSomerset floods: county remains on flood alert

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  • Environment Agency warns of ongoing flooding on the Somerset Levels
  • Roads including A372 and A361 closed
  • Rain expected to ease later today.
  • Use hashtag #somersetfloods to or tweet us your pictures to @CountyGazette @BWMercury @BHWeeklyNews or @chardandilynews


FOR updates from Wednesday (January 8), click here.




Yeovil Express:

DAVID Gooby, 62, who lives on the Huish Episcopi to Muchelney road, said the flooding is worse than last year.

He said: “I've been here for eight years and nobody has known it like this before.

"Fortunately we've managed to stop it getting in the house but it is surrounded and the cottage out the back is submerged.”


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THIS was the view from a boat on the road, or river, to Muchelney Abbey from Huish Episcopi.


SOMERSET County Council is proposing more than £250,000 in new funding to help those hit by floods.

Proposals include:

  • A £50,000 grant to help people suffering hardship after flooding at home
  • £200,000 in grants available for flood schemes
  • £300,000 available to work in partnership with other agencies to begin to dredge key rivers including the River Parrett
  • A commitment to lobby Government and Environment Agency for extra flood prevention funding for Somerset.


JARED Colclough talks about conditions while taking County Gazette reporter Michael Marsh and photographer Geoff Hall across the flood water to Muchelney. 




MARK Newman, of BARB Search and Rescue, said: "It's been a busy few days for us, probably the busiest in our 21 year history. It's what the volunteers have been working for and they've been doing a great job."




MEMBERS of the Burnham Area Rescue Boat charity in Muchelney today to bring supplies to people stranded by the floods.







PAUL Mustow, flood Risk manager at the Environment Agency said: “The risk of flooding continues this week, with communities in the south west and south east urged to be particularly vigilant.

“Environment Agency teams have again been out in force over the weekend checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses, deploying temporary defences and monitoring water levels and will continue to work around the clock to protect communities at risk.

“We would ask people to be prepared by checking their flood risk, signing up to free flood warnings and keeping an eye on the latest flood updates via the EA website and Twitter.”




Road closures in Somerset due to flooding:

  • A361 Main Road in Burrowbridge, Somerset Levels closed both ways  between the Riverside junction and the Cuts Road junction.
  • A372 in Othery closed both ways between the Load Pool junction and the Combe Lane junction.
  • B3165 Martock Road in Long Sutton closed between the Knole Causeway junction and the Stapleton Close junction. Diversion in operation, approach with care.
  •  New Road in West Lyng closed between the A361 Main Road junction and the Moor Lane junction.




DAVID Baverstock sent in this picture from near East Lyng:

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Ollie Purvis from Jollies Wrantage said they have had to close until January 18 because of the flooding.

He said: "All of the water has got into the ground floor electrics."


NORTH Curry is totally impassable with up to 3ft deep floods.

Cars should find alternative routes and should not try and drive through as they are pushing more water into homes.







OLLIE Purvis sent in this picture of Jollies Wrantage which has flooded for a fourth time:

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THE Environment Agency's live flood map, updated every 15 minutes.

Many warnings and alerts remain in place across Somerset.

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DRIVERS are being urdged to take care between Cross Keys and Bishops Lydeard as there is a lot of surface water.  


THE current departure board at Taunton Train Station:

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THERE is disruption on First Great Western trains between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple due to flooding at Eggesford.

The line has reopened but trains are running at a reduced speed of five miles an hour, leading to delays of up to 90 minutes and cancellations.

There is no estimate for when a normal service will resume.


GLYN Bryan sent in this picture of flooding at Stoke St Gregory:

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TAKING a ride are: Tom Chedzoy,David Baverstock, David Hawkins, Ian Popham and Henry Griffin. 

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HENRY Griffin sent in this photo from Athelney Moor, near Taunton.

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Rail: There are delays between Exeter St David's and London Waterloo due to signalling problems between Yeovil Junction and Crewkerne.



The weather is forecast to get better today with the rain stopping and bright spells due throughout late morning and the afternoon.

This photo, taken at 8am, shows the skies clearing over Taunton.

Yeovil Express:


On the roads, New Road in West Lyng, the A361 at Burrowbridge, and the A372 at Othery, are all closed due to flooding.


Flood warnings are in place at:

  • Sampford Brett Bridge on the A358 and Sampford Mill Farm
  • River Parrett (upper) from South Perrott to Thorney
  • Salt Moor and North Moor including East Lyng, Burrowbridge, West Yeo, Moorland and Fordgate
  • River Yeo from Yeovil to Langport
  • River Parrett (lower) at Langport Westover Trading Estate
  • A361 between East Lyng and Burrowbridge including the Somerset Levels Basket and Craft Centre area
  • West Moor, Hay Moor and Curry Moor including New Road between North Curry and the A361, and Cutts Road at East Lyng


It says: "Between 5 and 15 mm of rain has fallen overnight across the area.

"These blustery showers, heavy in some locations, are forecast to continue into today, Tuesday, with most of the rainfall spreading east, out of the area, by early afternoon."


THE Environment Agency says 32 flood warnings are in place across the South-West this morning. 

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6:20pm Tue 7 Jan 14

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We need to stop sending money abroad and divert it to people who need it. People who need help in this Country!
We need to stop sending money abroad and divert it to people who need it. People who need help in this Country! jjjjjj/mmmmm
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