Flooding Returns To South West

Heavy rain has brought more widespread flooding to the South West.

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Muchelney residents preparing for more flooding

There are 11 flood warnings in place tonight in Somerset and Dorset. As water levels continue to rise, some residents are anxiously waiting to see if they will be cut off for Christmas.

Our Somerset correspondent, David Woodland, reports now from the villages of Muchelney and neighbouring Thorney, which have already been badly affected in recent weeks:

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Communities across South West urged to prepare for flooding

The Environment Agency is warning communities in the South West to remain vigilant for flooding following the rain this morning and with further heavy rain expected later today and into Thursday.

Rain will fall on saturated ground, which is expected to lead to surface water and river flooding.

This is likely to lead to some flooding of property and roads, and cause travel disruption.

There are currently three flood warnings in place for the Somerset Moors and Levels but more are expected to be issued across the region later today and into tomorrow morning.

Our teams have been out around the clock to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding.

We urge people to keep up to date with the weather forecast and remain prepared for flooding in their area by signing up to receive free flood warnings and staying away from dangerous flood water or attempting to drive through it.

– Nick Roseveare, Environment Agency

Those in areas at risk should check the Environment Agency website for the latest information or by calling the Flood Line on 0845 988 1188.

Council give £50,000 to help flood victims

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Somerset Community Foundation will give grants to those affected Credit: ITV West

Somerset County Council has given fifty-thousand pounds towards helping people badly affected by flooding as 8 flood warnings are still in place across the South West.

The money has been given to the Somerset Community Foundation who will use it to give grants to those whose homes have been damaged. They say even more money will be needed for victims with long term needs.

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