Somerset

Eight flood warnings issued in Somerset

River Tone, Taunton
Image caption A new flood warning has been issued for the River Tone at Bradford on Tone

Eight flood warnings have been issued across Somerset following heavy rainfall overnight.

Liscombe in Exmoor has seen the most rainfall in the country in the past 24 hours, where 32mm (1.3in) was recorded.

The Environment Agency said although there was less rain than expected, it was continuing to monitor Somerset, Devon and Dorset.

Many parts of Somerset have seen low-level flooding as river levels continued to rise.

Stuck in floodwater

An agency spokesman said: "River flows are high after this weekend's rainfall, and we are keeping a close watch on river levels as well as checking defences and clearing any potential blockages to reduce the risk of flooding."

The flooding has caused some disruption on some local roads, he said.

River levels are expected to rise slightly in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has attended seven separate incidents in the past two days in which vehicles have become stuck in floodwater.

Firefighters have also spent the night pumping water out of homes and businesses in Norton Fitzwarren, Bathpool, Wheddon Cross, Bridgwater and Williton.

The Met Office has a yellow warning in place for heavy rain in Somerset until 15:00 BST.

In North Somerset, fire crews have been pumping out a number of properties in Blagdon, in the Chew Valley. Council officers have also been helping residents.

Keith Harris, who has been left stranded in East Harptree from his home in Bishop Sutton, said: "I managed to get through at half past eight this morning, from Bishop Sutton to East Harptree and just before you get to West Harptree there's a really low dip and it must have been three feet deep with water then.

"I certainly didn't want to chance going back through it again, as it is even higher at the moment. If you had a 4x4 you would get through, unless you want to take the chance and get stuck and hold things up for everyone else."

The flood warnings in place affect Washford river at Washford and Watchet; the River Tone between Waterrow and Bishops Hull, which also affects Wellington and Bradford on Tone as well another section between Currymoor and Haymoor.

It also affects Doniford Stream; Monksilver Stream and the River Brue and Glastonbury Millstream from Lovington to Highbridge; River Mells and Whatley covering Edford, Ham Bridge, Coleford, Lower Vobster, Mells, Great Elm and Spring Gardens.

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