Properties flooded as heavy rain hits South Somerset

Yeovil Express: The River Axe burst its banks in places The River Axe burst its banks in places

FIREFIGHTERS across Somerset and Devon have dealt with more than 100 flooding-related incidents over the weekend.

Crews have rescued people from vehicles stuck in floodwater and from flooded properties in extremely difficult conditions.

Rescues from vehicles were made at these locations: • Two people rescued from a car in floodwater at Yeovil Junction, Barwick, Yeovil • One man rescued from a car in 3ft of floodwater on the A37 at Yeovil • Trapped residents were evacuated from their homes at Broom Lane, Hytherleigh, Axminster • Two people rescued from a car in floodwater at Donyatt, Ilminster • Two people rescued from a car in floodwater under the A30 at Turk’s Head • Two people rescued from the cab of a lorry in 4ft of floodwater under a bridge at Whitford, Colyton • Two people rescued from floodwater at Trafalgar Way, Axminster At Willhayes Park, Axminster, an elderly man with a broken arm was rescued by firefighters with 3ft of water in his home.

In total, 20 mainly elderly residents were rescued from the street and taken initially to Axminster Fire Station.

At Yealmpton Bridge, rescue teams with powered boats were making contact with residents and three people and a dog were rescued and taken to the village hall.

Locations where flooding has affected properties include numerous parts of Axminster; Fore Street, Sidmouth; Modbury; Market Lane, Ottery St Mary; Millford Road, Sidmouth; Sparkwell; Puckington, Ilminster; Frogmore Lane, East Budleigh; East Allington; Seaton; B3168 Ilminster; Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton; Hamilton Close, Sidford; A3066 Beaminster; St Leonards Terrace, Colyton; Bittaford, Ivybridge; Vicarage Street, Colyton; Dowell Street, Honiton; Upottery, Honiton; and Otter Reach, Newton Poppleford.

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