- West Country (E)
Somerset County Council has given fifty-thousand pounds towards helping people badly affected by flooding as 8 flood warnings are still in place across the South West.
The money has been given to the Somerset Community Foundation who will use it to give grants to those whose homes have been damaged. They say even more money will be needed for victims with long term needs.
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.