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Emergency closure gates in place on flooded roads

Two roads have been closed in Somerset after surface water and road flooding put drivers at risk of getting stuck.

Emergency Closure Gates are in place to stop vehicles driving through in the following locations:

  • New Road (West Lyng/North Curry)
  • Cutts Road (East Lyng/Athelney)

The gates are to stop vehicles driving through and potentially getting stuck in flood waters - they're locked with a combination code so emergency services and residents are still able to access the route.

Council advises us to store waste as storm approaches

The distinctive swirl of cloud to the west of Ireland on Sunday morning is Storm Imogen Credit: Met Office

Residents are being urged to guard their waste against Monday's Storm Imogen and the windy and wet weather forecast all this week.

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) says if you have space store anything that does not need to go immediately then do so. it comes as Storm Imogen is predicted to bring gusts of wind travelling up to 70mph in some places.

Or the advise is to, where possible, get rid of recycling and rubbish at any recycling site. All 16 are open on Sunday before the storm hits; 11 until 1pm and five - Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil - to 4pm.

For most, the essential steps are: squash everything except glass and aerosols, flatten large card under recycling boxes, stack boxes or cover and weigh them down. The food waste bin - locked with the handle fully forward - can be used to hold down fly-away recycling.

If possible, put boxes in a sheltered spot that can still be clearly seen by collection crews.

Put out recycling as late as possible before 7am on collection day - the night leaves your waste vulnerable to the wind and wildlife - and take in empty boxes as soon as possible.

If it is wet, the only materials that must be kept completely dry by careful bagging are textiles, clothes and shoes.

Every individual and business has a legal duty of care over their waste until it is collected, so you should clear up any mess your waste creates. If crews make a mess and do not clear it up, tell your council customer services, but crews have no time to clear streets of litter. And SWP urges residents to help neighbours who may find it difficult to deal with their waste.

– Somerset Waste Partnership

March held in Bristol in support of junior doctors

March held in Bristol in support of junior doctors Credit: ITV News

A march in support of junior doctors has taken place in Bristol. There's an ongoing dispute over proposed changes to their contracts by the government.

Last month hundreds of operations and appointments were cancelled after hundreds of doctors went on strike over the issue.

Protestors march on Park Street Credit: ITV News


Warning issued after heavy rain leaves roads flooded

Pennyquick in Bath: reports that cars attempting to drive through were getting stuck. Credit: Lauren Tucker

Police are advising motorists to be aware of surface water and flooding on roads following after yesterday's heavy rainfall.

Roads across the region have been affected, especially in some more rural parts, and police have reminded drivers of the dangers of driving through water.

Flooded roads can be extremely dangerous. Even those with shallow flooding or surface water can cause a vehicle to lose control.

“Under no circumstances would we advise people to drive through flooded roads and instead we’d suggest they find alternative routes.”

– Chief Inspector Kevan Rowlands

Appeal after young man's body pulled from river

The scene on Welsh Back where the man's body was pulled from the river Credit: ITV News

Police are appealing for information into how a man who died in the River Avon came to be in the water.

The body has not yet been formally identified, but police say it is a man in his 20s.

Police say they want to hear from anyone who was near the Welsh Back by the Aqua restaurant late on the night of Friday 5 February who saw the man enter the water.

This is a tragic incident which has resulted in a young man’s death.

– Inspector Shaun Finn, Avon and Somerset Police

He added that although trips and falls do happen, people are "strongly advised" not to deliberately go into the water.

What might seem like a harmless dip can go horribly wrong very quickly.”

– Inspector Shaun Finn, Avon and Somerset Police

"The water at this time of year can be icy cold and can be very dangerous to even the young and fit."

“The cold water can really shock the body in a matter of seconds making it extremely difficult to swim or stay afloat."

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