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Heavy rain and wind has left a trail of damage and flooding across the west.

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Reporters investigate floods and weather damage

camera on tripod on flooded road near Hillfarrance
Filming flooding on the road near Hillfarrance in Somerset Credit: ITV Westcountry

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.

Flooding causes major delays on trains

Network Rail flood warning sign
This sign greeted commuters arriving at Bristol Parkway today Credit: ITV West
exterior of Bristol Parkway station
Replacement buses are in operation from Bristol Parkway Credit: ITV West

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 cancellation: 'no chance of ground drying out'

Badminton House during horse trials
Organisers say Badminton Horse Trials are off 'very sadly' due to the weather Credit: ITV West

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".

Badminton Horse Trials cancelled

Badminton House during horse trials
Badminton Horse Trials are off due to the weather Credit: ITV West

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.

Muddy punters at Badminton 2010
The Horse Trials went ahead in 2010, despite heavy rain Credit: ITV West
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