Taunton to Bridgwater railway line remains under water

Floodwater is seen close to a house near Burrowbridge on the Somerset Levels Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The Met Office has issued an amber warning for wind and a yellow warning for rain for the Somerset Levels

The railway line between Taunton and Bridgwater remains submerged under water in Somerset after heavy rainfall.

The Taunton to Castle Cary line is no longer flooded but remains closed and Network Rail engineers are inspecting the lines to gauge the damage.

The rail operator is also warning of disruption to trains between Taunton and Bristol and Plymouth.

The Environment Agency has warned another 10mm of rainfall is forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

The agency has issued a flood warning for the River Parrett from South Perrott to Thorney.

Two severe flood warnings are still in place for Moorland and the A361 from East Lyng to Burrowbridge.

An amber warning for wind and a yellow warning for rain by The Met Office for the Somerset Levels remains in place.

Avon and Somerset Police said flood waters at Moorland and Fordgate in the Somerset Levels were still rising by about 5mm every hour.

Residents in Moorland were advised to evacuate their homes on Friday but police said a number of people there were staying put.

Water levels around Muchelney and Thorney also rose overnight.

'Community in crisis'

Supermarket chains Asda and Tesco have offered the services of their truck fleets in the area to farmers affected by flooding.

Tesco director of agriculture Tom Hind said: "We have heard that some farmers have struggled to find vehicles to deliver the feed they need for their animals, so we're making our truck fleet available to any farmer who needs transportation."

Asda Bridgwater's Laura Hackling said: "Our community is in crisis so we want to help."

The Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, Ian Liddell-Grainger, said people there were "having to batten down again to prepare for the next storm".

He criticised the Environment Agency and its head, the former Labour cabinet minister Lord Smith, for not dredging in the area to prepare for storms.

Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Levels on Friday and described the scenes as "biblical".

He promised: "Everything that can be done will be done."

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