- West Country (E)
Specially trained crew volunteers have this morning deployed to Bridgwater to be on standby for flooding.
The team departed from the charity’s base in Saltash with pre-prepared flood rescue kit, including a D class inshore lifeboat and a smaller inshore rescue boat.
They’re being joined by colleagues from around the charity’s headquarters in Poole, Dorset who will rendezvous with the south west team at 12.30pm.
A family from Melksham on holiday in Gloucestershire over Christmas had to be rescued from their cottage after being marooned by the floods.
Tyntesfield Estate in North Somerset has been forced to close after the visitor centre was flooded.
RNLI volunteers are on stand by as the region braces itself for more rain. Winds of up to 70mph are also expected.