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Moorland village hall reopens 9 months after flooding

Moorland and District Village Hall Credit: ITV West Country/David Woodland

A village hall on the Somerset Levels has reopened nine months after being flooded.

Moorland and District Village Hall has been officially reopened at a ceremony this evening. There has been a portable building in its place for nine months. 120 people from the local community were invited to the event.

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Somerset floods wildlife impact 'not serious'

A study into the flooding on the Somerset Levels last winter has concluded that, despite the fears, the impact on wildlife has not been serious.

Natural England has been looking at evidence from surveys and collecting the observations of local residents.

There are some signs of reduced numbers of mammals, insects and birds in areas which previously hadn't flooded for many years.

Flooding on the Somerset Levels, winter 2014 Credit: PA

MP calls for council tax levy in flood-hit Somerset

The Somerset Levels at the height of last winter's floods Credit: ITV News

A Somerset MP will today call for a council tax levy on residents in areas hit by flooding. Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater, says the money would help pay for a new rivers board to maintain flood defences. He's also calling for a tidal barrage at the mouth of the river Parrett.

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Flash floods close Wiltshire roads and schools

People in Wiltshire are cleaning up after flash floods overnight. The county's fire service said it received more than 200 calls. Homes and businesses were affected. Roads were shut and a school near Corsham was also closed.

A lightning strike damaged a house in Melksham. And an Intercity train became stuck in deep water on the line. Ninety people were evacuated. The train is still blocking the route between Bath and Chippenham.

Station Manager Wayne Jones from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service says they have had a busy night.

Rail services hit after storms

Overnight storms have led to problems on the roads and railways Credit: Lee Wilson

Overnight storms have led to yet another day of difficulty for commuters with lightning strikes meaning disruption to rail services.

A weather warning remains in place, with heavy showers and more thunderstorms expected.

On the railways, First Great Western services are affected by storms in the Bath Spa area. Lightning damaged equipment between Melksham and Chippenham in Wiltshire, with the lines between Swindon and Bath Spa/Westbury currently closed.

A shuttle train service is now in place between Chippenham and Swindon.

The Met Office says the bad weather is set to continue. Forecaster Nicola Willis says there was between 10mm and 20mm of rainfall over a four-hour period - a third of the expected monthly rainfall.

She went on: "That is quite a significant amount of rain. There have also been quite a few lightning strikes over that period."

Motorists have been warned of the risk of surface water after the heavy downpours.

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