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One year on from the Chew Stoke floods

It is a year since devastating floods in Somerset and many people are still not back in their homes. People living in the Chew Valley were badly hit by torrential rain and one man died when his car was washed down a flooded brook.

Today the Environment Agency said people need to be ready for bad weather to hit again and prepare their homes as best they can. Laura Makin Isherwood reports.

Man dies in floods: full report

The aftermath of the torrential storms that caused havoc across our region became clear today. One person died and many others were forced to evacuate their homes after flooding and landslides ripped through neighbourhoods.

The man who died was trapped after his 4x4 was swept away by a flash flood in the village of Chew Stoke, south of Bristol. It's thought he was visiting a relative who lived locally.

Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland reports:


PICTURES: Tragic rescue after car trapped under bridge

Avon Fire and Rescue Service's swift water rescue team were called out to Chew Stoke near Bristol at 9 o'clock last night Credit: Andrew Lloyd Photography
The team went into the water to get the man out. They tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead in the ambulance Credit: Andrew Lloyd Photography
The car was trapped under a bridge near Rectory Fields in Chew Stoke Credit: Andrew Lloyd Photography


Man dies after car becomes trapped in flood water

A man has died after becoming trapped in his car in flood water in Somerset.

Emergency services received a call at about 8.50pm last night to say a car was wedged under a bridge near to a ford at Rectory Fields, in Chew Stoke. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said they are still trying to identify the man and his next of kin.

The vehicle is still stuck there at the moment, and so we are preserving the scene until the water has died down and it is safe to retrieve the car.When daylight comes, they will look to remove it.

– Avon and Somerset Police spokesman

Flood warning on River Chew

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Chew from Chew Stoke to Keynsham near Bristol.

20 to 30mm of rain was forecast to fall between 6 pm tonight and 6 am tomorrow (Saturday), with up to 40mm possible in isolated areas.

Levels on the River Chew at Compton Dando are stable but are expected to rise reaching flood warning status at about 3am on Saturday morning.

People whose homes are at risk should take appropriate action.