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Heavy rainfall hits the West

At one time this morning, all the roads out of Chew Magna were blocked Photo: ITV West

The Mendips and North Somerset have been particularly badly affected by heavy rainfall overnight.

According to the Met Office, almost 50mm of rain fell in South Gloucestershire.

A large number of roads were blocked and some households were flooded. In Chew Magna near Bristol, the commute to work was a nightmare as at one point all roads out of the village were blocked.

The moment when roads become rivers Credit: ITV West

The above photo was taken in Chew Magna soon after a car was rescued from the bridge.

The following video was filmed by Jo Kidby, who lives in the village, to show the dangerous driving conditions being faced by motorists right across the region.

Avon & Somerset Police have issued the following statement about coping with hazardous driving conditions.

We are warning motorists to take particular care as they travel today following heavy rainfall in the area.There have been reports of spray and surface water across Avon and Somerset. Please allow extra time for your journey and consider if you really need to travel this morning. If you do, motorists are reminded to avoid going through deep water – a small number of motorists have already become stranded in their vehicles.

– Avon & Somerset Police

Flooding is affecting much of our region today. If you have photos, we'd love to see them. Email them to westcountry@itv.com or post them on our Facebook page. The following picture was taken by one of our viewers, Roger Fry, who's from Hutton in Weston-super-Mare.

Weston-super-Mare this morning Credit: Roger Fry

At the time of publication, there are 15 flood warnings operating across the whole of the south west. For the latest, log onto the Environment Agency website.

A washed-up shed in Chew Magna. Credit: ITV West

Richard Payne looks at how many of us were left stranded by a miserable start to the working week:

A number of people have had to be rescued, including two people being pulled from their car in Curry Mallet near Taunton.

And flooding in one Somerset village was so deep that even the fire brigade were unable to pump the water out.

Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland has this report: