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Ken Goodwin reports on the town in Gloucestershire that feels the threat of rising river levels more than most. Tewkesbury was devastated by floods in 2007.
The Environment Agency has set up an incident room there and today a rescue exercise took place.
Cordelia Lynch reports as the Badminton Horse Trials are cancelled following flooding.
A man in Frome took advantage of the flooding by hopping on a jetski and riding it in the street.
The extent of the floods in Gloucestershire can be seen in this video on itv news
Our reporters are out across the westcountry, reporting on incidents of flooding and damage caused by the bad weather.
This picture was taken near Taunton by our Somerset correspondent David Woodland. A number of people had to be rescued from their cars at nearby Hillfarrance last night.
The bad weather has meant major problems on the rail network in the west country. The line is closed at Chipping Sodbury because the tracks are under water. First Great Western trains between London Paddington and Wales are not calling at Bristol Parkway.
Network Rail is warning of delays of up to 50 minutes for passengers travelling between London Paddington and Wales and the West. Replacement buses are in operation
Badminton Horse Trials, due to start on Thursday and run until next Monday, have been cancelled because of the heavy weather. The Event Director Hugh Thomas, has released this statement:
"The recent exceptional rainfall has left the ground at Badmintontotally waterlogged and partially flooded. Further rain is due thisweek leaving no chance of the ground drying out. Very sadlytherefore the 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials hasbeen cancelled".
"Purchasers of advance tickets, exhibitors, Sponsors and riders will of
course be refunded as soon as is practical".
Organisers have been forced to cancel the Badminton Horse Trials because of the recent heavy rain. They were run from Thursday to Monday. The event director Hugh Thomas says
"The recent exceptional rainfall has left the ground at Badminton totally waterlogged and partially flooded. Further rain is due this week leaving no chance of the ground drying out.