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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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Storms hit the West

Last nights thunder and lightning storms in Chippenham,Wiltshire. Credit: Steve Walsh

Last night saw heavy rainfall and dramatic thunder and lightning across the region. Steeple Ashton in Wiltshire has seen flash flooding, and this morning a train travelling from Bristol to London is stuck in flood water, and 90 passengers have been evacuated.

Here are some more of your pictures of the storms.

last night's thunderstorm taken through a window at Seend Cleeve Credit: Amy Whitewick
Last nights storm over Bath looking from Twerton to Lansdown Credit: Richard Bird

House struck by lightning in Wiltshire

House struck by lightning in Wiltshire Credit: ITV West Country/Rob Murphy

A house in Littlejohn Avenue in Melksham caught on fire after being struck by lightning last night. Fire crews are still at the scene but no one has been hurt.

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service says it has received over 200 calls for assistance since yesterday evening due to the severe weather.

Fire crews are on the scene Credit: ITV West Country/Rob Murphy

The emergency service is also urging all drivers to take care on the roads this morning due to floodwater and the potential for some manhole covers to be raised.

Flood prevention schemes to begin in Somerset

Flood prevention schemes to begin in Somerset

Work on two schemes to protect communities on the Somerset Levels from future flooding will start this month.

The two major Somerset County Council schemes are due to start on 29th September. The road will be raised at Muchelney, and four new culverts will be built at Beer Wall.

The works are part of the Somerset Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan being delivered by a range of agencies, coordinated by County Council. Both schemes will result in the roads being closed for an estimated ten weeks.

It is great news that these key projects are about to start. They are a clear statement that we, and all the other agencies involved in the plan, are taking action and I’m sure local communities will be happy to see work underway.

There is no way of doing this work without closing roads, and multiple projects have to be undertaken as the same time if they are to have a chance of being completed this year.

Everyone will do their very best to keep disruption to a minimum and I’m sure anyone who saw the devastation last winter will appreciate that the long-term gain is well worth the short-term inconvenience.

– Councillor John Osman, Chairman of the Flood Action Plan Leaders Implementation Group and Leader of Somerset County Council
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