PEOPLE had to be rescued by BOAT after their vehicle got stuck in floodwater last night (June 28).

Firefighters in Somerset - particularly in the Chard area - dealt with 'dozens of calls' to incidents relating to heavy rainfall and flooding.

At around 10pm, a spokesperson for the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said crews were called to rescue those in the vehicle, on the A358 at Tytherleigh.

"Fire Control has received dozens of calls to flooding incidents this evening, particularly in the Chard area of Somerset," they said.

"Two people were rescued from their vehicle after it got stuck in floodwater on the A358 at Tytherleigh and taken by boat to dry land.

"There were further reports of vehicles stuck in floodwater at Chardstock and Wadeford."

Flooding affecting people’s homes in Chard were reported in Lower Coombses, Mill Lane, Perry Street and Station Road, Tatworth and Forton; Combe St Nicholas, Bryer Close, Furnham Close, Alun Rees Way, Furnham Road, St Mary’s Close, Bewley Court, Wadeford Hill, High Street, Gillingham Court, Coker Way, Court Street, Scrapton Lane, Glynswood, Oak End Way, Lower Touches, Crib Close, Court Mill, Blacklands Lane, Weston Road, and Furzehill."

The spokesperson urged people not to drive through floodwater.

This morning, firefighters have spoken about the night they had battling to help those in the floods.

"Wow, what a night," Chard Fire Station posted on Facebook.

"As firefighters, all we want to be able to do is save life, protect property and serve the community we work and live in.

"The hardest thing is having to say ‘there’s nothing we can do’ or ‘we physically cannot get to you’.

"But last night our control room received many secondary calls to say that our services were no longer required as communities and neighbours had pitched in to help those who needed it, meaning we were free to attend life-risk calls more immediately.

"It was a battle against the elements last night, but for the majority, Chard won.

"Well done all. Stay safe and check in on your neighbours."