It appears there is unlikely to be any let up in the relentless rain showers that have battered the Westcountry over the past few days. The Met Office has yellow warnings in place for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Heavy downpours focused on Somerset today (July 11th) as the county bore the brunt of flooding. A school had to be evacuated in Shepton Mallet after floodwater threatened to engulf the school after the nearby village of Croscombe was overcome by flood water.
– Nick Fowler, Croscombe resident
We had an almighty downpour. I woke at 6am this morning and the heavens opened. We know that this part of Croscombe is susceptible to flooding, so we came down to help out the local properties. I was taken aback, I have never seen anything like it. I have never seen the river up this high and we have never seen the roads flooded this bad, it's been unbelievable. Everybody has pulled together and it is a real community spirit.
More than 100 school children were evacuated from Bowlish Infant School.
– SOMERSET COUNTY COUNCIL
The council has sent a structural engineer to inspect a wall there. It is holding back water from the River Sheppey which is threatening the school. All the staff, parents and pupils have acted in a calm manner, and a decision will be taken later today on whether to close the school tomorrow._
It follows days of heavy rain across the South West. Parts of Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Gloucestershire have already fallen victim to rising flood waters as several rivers burst their banks over the weekend. Today a flood warning was issued by the Environment Agency over fears the River Sheppey could also burst its banks.
In Devon a motorist had to be rescued from his car by coastguards earlier after he got stuck on a tidal road between Aveton Gifford and Bigbury. The road, by the River Avon, floods at high tide.
Overnight persistent rain will continue to make its way across the Westcountry, spreading into Somerset and Dorset by late morning. With the ground already well saturated from days of unforgiving showers, people are being warned that the risk of further flooding remains.