Heavy rain affects the West Country

This road at Bradford-on-Tone on the Somerset Levels is one of the first to flood Photo:

The Somerset Levels have been particularly badly affected by heavy rainfall overnight.

According to the Met Office, 50mm of rain fell at Dunkeswell Aerodrome. A large number of roads were blocked and some households were flooded.

Perhaps the place worst affected was the village of Greinton on the Levels between Taunton and Glastonbury. Two cottages were 3 feet deep in floodwater, too much for the Fire Service to pump out.

In Greinton, the A361 was completely blocked and these cottages were flooded Credit: ITV Westcountry

This morning's flood made commuting a nightmare for many. Avon & Somerset Police issued this warning to motorists:

We are warning motorists to take particular care as they travel today following heavy rainfall in the area.There have been reports of spray and surface water across Avon and Somerset. Please allow extra time for your journey and consider if you really need to travel this morning. If you do, motorists are reminded to avoid going through deep water – a small number of motorists have already become stranded in their vehicles.

– Avon & Somerset Police

This woman was caught out by the flooded roads at Clyst Honiton in Devon. Her story illustrates the dangers of driving through floods as you never know how deep they are.

It wasn't just homes and roads that were affected by the bad weather. This garden centre between Taunton and Wellington was under a foot of water at one point.

Flooding at the Willowbrook Garden Centre caused extensive damage Credit: ITV Westcountry

Despite the implications of the flooding of farmland, it can mean some picturesque sites, as this photo taken near Clyst Honiton shows.

Flooded fields in Devon. Credit: ITV Westcountry

At the time of publication, the Environment Agency still had 10 warnings in force for the whole of the south west. You can access its website here.

Watch the full report on the floods by Seth Conway here: