SOME roads have been left impassable after 'extreme weather' brought flash flooding across the Chard area yesterday (June 28).

The flooding saw the emergency services and Somerset County Council teams – backed by community volunteers – on the scene throughout the night.

Fire crews rescued two people from a car in floodwater, while other vehicles were marooned after flood water swept through the area.

Some homes were also affected.

Teams from the council’s Highways department worked throughout the night and are today continuing to clear mud and debris from affected roads.

"All main routes are now clear of flooding but significant damage has damage has been caused to some local roads making them impassable," a spokesperson said.

"Crews are continuing to assess the widespread storm damage and plan repairs."

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Councillor John Woodman, the cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I would like to thank everyone involved for their tireless efforts in dealing with such an exceptional event. I understand this is awful for those communities who have been affected.

“This was extreme weather with torrential rain hitting the area and causing flash flooding.

"Teams from the emergency services, Somerset County Council and the district council – not to mention volunteers and the community – did an incredible job and we will now assess the damage and make any repairs as quickly as we can.

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“I would like to thank everyone for their patience and support

As of 11am, there are closures in Whitestaunton and Scrapton Lane, Combe St Nicholas.

But the situation is changeable and this is likely increase as our teams work through the area.

Please travel with caution therefore on minor roads in the affected area – you can help by reporting defects or possible road closure sites to If the problem is urgent or poses a danger to the public please call police on 101.

Meanwhile, South Somerset District Council is setting up a help and information centre at the Guildhall in Chard today for anyone affected by yesterday’s flooding.