Flooding Hits South West

The Environment Agency issues dozens of flood warnings across Devon, Dorset and Somerset after severe rain.

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School flooding: Council statement

Bowlish Infant School in Shepton Mallet was evacuated earlier due to flooding.

Somerset County Council has issued the following statement:

All 113 pupils were led to nearby Bowlish House because of the threat of floodwater inundating the school.

The headteacher acted on the advice of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service which had been called to a neighbouring property.

The Council has also sent a structural engineer to inspect a wall there. It is holding back water from the River Sheppey which is threatening the school.

All the staff, parents and pupils have acted in a calm manner, and a decision will be taken later today on whether to close the school tomorrow.

– Somerset County Council spokesman

Flood Warning issued for River Sheppey at Shepton Mallet and Croscombe

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Sheppey at Shepton Mallet and Croscombe.

Overnight heavy rain is causing flooding across a wide area.

The River Sheppey is rising and flooding is expected for the River Sheppey at Shepton Mallet and Croscombe including Leg Square, Lower Lane and Draycott Road in Shepton Mallet on Wednesday.

Immediate action is required.

For more information, visit the Environment Agency's website.


Further flood warnings as more heavy rain expected

The Met Office is warning there could be more localised flooding with heavy showers expected overnight and into tomorrow morning.

Heavy rain caused flooding in Mudford, near Yeovil, on Sunday Credit: Wayne Gillam

The rain is expected to fall heaviest across the South West of England moving toward the eastern part of the country tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon.

The Met Office is warning there could be more localised flooding overnight Credit: Wayne Gillam

Businesses could go bust because of bad weather

Some businesses in the West have told us they fear they'll go bust because of the bad weather that's plagued the summer so far. Some firms' takings are down 80 per cent. We had 5 and three quarter inches of rain last month - that's twice the average.

It was the coolest June since 1991- temperatures averaged 12.3 degrees. And it was the second dullest June on record - just 119 hours of sunshine. Today, much of the region has had a brief respite from the rain. But, as Eli-Louise Wringe reports, for many the damage has already been done.

Clearing up in Burton Bradstock

Flood-damaged furniture in Burton Bradstock, Dorset. Credit: Richard Lawrence

Burton Bradstock near Bridport in Dorset was one of the places affected by the floods at the weekend.

Roads and playing fields were under several feet of water and some motorists had to be rescued from their cars as river levels on the Brit and Asker breached the banks.

With water levels now receding, local residents have been counting the cost of the unseasonal weather.

Family trying to keep water back in Winterbourne Abbas. Credit: Richard Lawrence


Elderly couple rescued from car

A couple rescued from flooding in Burton Bradstock. Credit: Dorset Media Service

Two people had a lucky escape after their car became stuck in rising flood water after they drove down a country lane in Dorset.

The couple aged 78 and 80 had to be rescued when their car became overwhelmed by rising flood water from the River Brit at Burton Bradstock yesterday.

The couple's car stuck in the water. Credit: Dorset Media Service

The couple became stuck along Bredy Lane. Locals couldn't reach them and for almost an hour they had to wait inside as the water rose to the car’s windscreen.

They were later rescued by a specialist team from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service who took them by boat to dry ground some 300 metres away.

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