South-West Storm: Trains delayed and roads blocked as weather batters Somerset

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  • Weather causes headaches for the pre-Christmas getaway.
  • Trains delayed and roads blocked as strong winds tear down trees.
  • East Reach in Taunton partially closed for an hour as tiles fall from roof.
  • Eastover in Bridgwater also cordoned off.
  • Send your pictures to or tweet @CountyGazette


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FLOODING is expected for Silk Mills Bridge to Bathpool overnight and in to the morning.

sandbags are available from Somerset County Council on 01823-356356. 




HEAVY rain will continue through tonight clearing in the early hours of tomorrow. 

Windy conditions remain and motorists are still advised to take care. 




Here's a feed on the storms as the batter the country as a whole

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MOTORISTS travelling on the A38 between Taunton and Wellington are being urged to take their time.

Reports are coming in of standing water and parts of the road flooding.


FLOODING has been reported at the A39 at Long Street, Williton, near Townsend.


We are getting reports that Monksilver River has burst its banks in Williton.


REPORTS of A358 Tatworth Road closed both ways due to fallen tree between Chardstock Lane (Chard) and House's Lane (Tatworth).



NORMAL service has resumed on South West Trains between Crewkerne and Axminster following an earlier fallen tree on the line.


SOMERSET'S firefighters have received 40 weather-related calls so far, including calls from two motorists who needed rescuing from floodwater.


A FLOOD warning has been issued for Doniford Stream in the Sampford Mill Farm area near Williton with flooding expected on Sampford Brett Bridge on the A358 within the next two hours.


THE Environment Agency has stepped up its warnings for a number of our rivers.

A flood warning has now been placed on the River Isle between Chard Reservoir and Hambridge.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: "River levels on the River Isle at Donyatt and River Isle at Ashford Mill are currently rising in response to the rain that has already fallen."

The River Parrett at Chiselborough and at Gawbridge has now also been placed under a flood warning and the authority warn the highest water level will be at approximately 5pm.

The River Axe, between Winsham to Axminster, including Chard Junction and Weycroft, is also on a flood warning.

A spokesman said: "The Axe catchment is saturated and extremely sensitive to further rainfall. Flooding is expected imminently."

The River Tone is still at the authority's lowest risk band - flood alert.


VIVARY Park warden Shaun Cregan is monitoring the water levels and debris from trees across the Taunton park. Photo: Clayton Jane Photography.

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WATER levels are rising across the River Tone.

Pictured is the river flowing through Vivary Park in Taunton and it appears to be getting quite close to overflowing into the park.

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POLICE say that Stoke Road, at Henlade, near the A358, is "just passable" due to flooding.


THE A358 at Mattock's Tree Hill, near Greenway Lane, is partially blocked due to a fallen tree, police have just reported.




EAST Reach in Taunton has been partially closed after roof tiles were falling from the Victoria Jubilee building.

Eye witness Emma Vearncombe said the tiles were narrowly missing cars driving along the road.

She said: "The fire brigade are there securing the roof as it remains unsafe and the police are redirecting traffic.

"It is really lucky than no one was hit."

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THE wild weather has not put people off coming into Taunton town centre this afternoon.

Pictured are people crossing the bridge over the River Tone. Photo: Clayton Jane Photography.

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THE Environment Agency has placed flood warnings on seven rivers in the South-West.

A flood warnings is one step higher on the authority's warning list than a flood alert.

Level One - flood alert

Level Two - flood warning

Level Three - severe flood warning


STRONG winds have also carried a large parasol from the beer garden at the Ring of Bells pub through the roof of an outbuilding next to St James Street doctors practice. No one was hurt.

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A HAMP resident says the storm has caused five huge fencing panels to crash down in his garden.

Geoffrey Ridgway tried to secure the panels after two came crashing down over the weekend, but says five have now collapsed completely.

He told the Mercury: “I heard this weather is set to carry on over the next few days and I’m worried more damage is yet to come.”




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The scene in Burnham


Sedgemoor District Council has told the Mercury that a window in St Mary Street in Bridgwater has been cordoned off after being blown out by the harsh weather.
The road remains open.


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Burnham High Street


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The scene from High Street, Bridgwater. Photo: Jeff Searle.


THIS is the current departure board at Taunton Train Station:

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NATIONAL Rail says the line between Tiverton Parkway and Taunton is now back open after a tree had fallen on the line.


TAUNTON Deane Council officers have also been out in force to clear debris from our roads this morning.
Sergeant Andy Murphy said council officers helped remove a small tree which had fallen down close to the children's centre in Halcon, Taunton.



MOTORIST Tim Johns tweeted this photo of a fallen tree partially blocking the A37 north of Podimore Roundabout near Yeovil.



THE A39 is partially blocked through Nether Stowey due to a fallen tree. The council is on the scene.

Keep up to date with our live travel page.



ONE lane is blocked due to rain and surface water on M5 Southbound between J25 A358 (Taunton) and J26 A38 (Wellington).

Matrix signs are set to 50 mph. 




THE wind proves too strong for the umbrella of one shopper as people fend off the rain by wrapping up. Photo: Clayton Jane Photography.

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SHOPPERS in Taunton are braving the wild weather conditions to get their last-minute Christmas gifts. Photo: Clayton Jane Photography.

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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 it for yourself, click here

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THE M5 motorway around Taunton is moving well but motorists should take care as there is a lot of surface water and spray.

Photo: Highways Agency.

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THE Met Office has an amber weather warning in place for Somerset.

The warning is in place until tomorrow morning.

A Met Office chief forecaster said: "A deep area of low pressure will sweep an active frontal system across England and Wales on Monday.

"This will bring 20-40 mm rainfall quite widely, with over 60 mm likely across parts of the high ground of southern England and South Wales.

"Falling onto saturated ground, this will bring the risk of both surface water and river flooding."

Wind speeds will also increase throughout the day with 70-80 mph likely around exposed coasts, particularly along the English Channel.

The forecaster added: "Further inland, gusts of 50-60 mph are likely through the amber area, with a lower risk of gusts reaching 70 mph - more especially across southeast England during the evening."

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SOMERSET Waste Partnership says waste and recycling collections are currently underway but there is some disruption due to high winds.

For advice on avoiding problems from high winds, click here.



THE Environment Agency currently has 32 flood alerts and three flood warnings in place for the South-West.

Flood alerts are in place for the lower part of the River Tone and River Parrett.


SEND your flood pictures to or tweet them to @CountyGazette


REPORTS of flooding on roads around the Somerset Levels.

Motorists should be wary of trying to drive around Muchelney and Aller, near Langport.



THE worst of the rain is expected to pour down on our region between now and 3pm.

Then there will be a brief respite and squally showers before another weather system brings more heavy rain tonight.



THE Environment Agency is urging drivers to "think not sink" and be flood aware with heavy rains forecast.

It says: "People are being asked to stay away from promenades along the south west coast on Monday and Tuesday because of the wet and windy conditions. 

"Rivers that are slow to respond to rainfall - like the lower reaches of the River Severn - could also pose a flood risk into Boxing Day.

"People who are set to be away for the festive period are urged to check the flood risk for their local area and, if necessary, take steps to protect valuable items left at home.

"Drivers are also urged to check the latest flood updates ahead of their journey - and to not to drive through dangerous floodwater."

The warning comes after a joint Environment Agency and AA survey found more than half (54 per cent) of UK drivers - would endanger themselves and their vehicles by driving through moving flood water.

People are encouraged to check the Environment Agency website for the latest flood information, follow #floodaware on Twitter and sign up to free flood warnings (click here). 


THIS is the latest from South West Trains: 

"Heavy rain and strong winds of up to 60mph have been forecast across our network today until 06:00 Tuesday 24 December.

"There is a very high possibility of severe disruption commencing at around 13:00 today.

"High winds can blow debris and trees from the trackside and from neighbouring land onto the track.

"On Tuesday 24 December first train services may be run as route proving trains to operate through the affected section of track to check no obstructions are on the track.

"We will continue to monitor the forecast and will update our website with further information.

"Customers are advised to only travel this afternoon (Monday 23) if absolutely necessary and to check before travelling."


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