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Three flood warnings issued for Somerset

There are three flood warnings in place in the region tonight. The first is for Salt Moor and North Moor, including East Lyng, Burrowbridge, West Yeo, Moorland and Fordgate.

There is also one for the A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge and Curry Moor and Hay Moor. More rain is expected overnight and people living in areas at risk are advised to take action.

Flood warnings in force in the west

The Environment Agency has issued five flood warnings affecting our region. If you are at risk of flooding you are advised to take the usual steps to protect yourself and your property.

  • Somerset coast at Portishead and Portbury Dock, seafront properties
  • Somerset coast at Clevedon, seafront properties
  • Somerset coast at Blue Anchor, seafront properties
  • Tidal River Avon at Pill and Shirehampton, Watch House Road and Station Road areas
  • Somerset coast at Porlock Weir

You can keep up with developments on the Environment Agency website.

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.

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Flooding in Somerset

Emergency services have had a hectic 24 hours, with the area's fire services alone dealing with around two hundred calls.

A number of people have had to be rescued, including two people being pulled from their car in Curry Mallet near Taunton.

And flooding in one Somerset village was so deep that even the fire brigade were unable to pump the water out.

Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland has this report:

Flooding causes chaos for commuters

Torrential rain has hit large parts of the West today, causing havoc for commuters, businesses and homeowners.

The Met Office said that in the last 24 hours around two inches fell on many places. Filton near Bristol had nearly 63 millimetres - that's two and a half inches. Winchcombe in Gloucestershire got a 40 millimetre soaking.

Richard Payne looks at how many of us were left stranded by a miserable start to the working week:

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