Flooding Hits South West

The Environment Agency issues dozens of flood warnings across Devon, Dorset and Somerset after severe rain.

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South West on flood alert

The South West remains on flood alert with more heavy and persistent downfalls forecast to further dampen the summer season.

The Environment Agency has issued six flood warning for the region.

It comes as latest figures show damage caused by floods in Devon will cost at least £4M, with road repairs alone topping £3M.

Dorset residents warned of further flooding risk

Residents in Dorset are being warned of a further risk of flooding following last weekend's flash floods. With more heavy rain forecast in the next few days, and the ground already saturated, there are concerns some areas could flood again.

It is hoped that the flood water will continue to drain away, however more heavy rain is forecast in the next few days. We are working closely with all our partners to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys. Drivers should plan their journeys before setting out, check weather conditions, leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and delay their journey if the weather becomes severe."

– Robin Herringshaw, Highways Agency's emergency planning manager in the South West

Six weeks of heavy rainfall has resulted in exceptionally high groundwater levels. We've had some massive downpours in the past week, with some areas seeing more than double the long term average. This has resulted in some property flooding from groundwater sources. We're expecting further heavy downpours this weekend which unfortunately means that there is a risk of further property flooding across Wessex, and from groundwater flooding in some areas of Dorset.

– Dave Bunt, Environment Agency

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FLOOD WARNING: Fears river could burst its banks in Weymouth

There are fears the River Wey near Upwey in Weymouth could burst its banks this evening. The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the area including Church Street, Little Mead, Nottington Lane, Nottington Farm and Almas Palace.

Water levels in the River Wey from Upwey to Weymouth are expected to rise as a result of the groundwater input to the river. Rainfall is expected to continue until the early hours of the morning. The gauges that can be used to trigger this Flood Warning are Broadwey and Upwey.

– Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is warning residents to block doors with flood boards or sandbags and cover airbricks and other ventilation holes. Other safety precautions can be found on the agency's website.

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VIDEO: Flooding causes severe damage in Somerset

Devon County Council has revealed the cost of clearing up and repairing roads after the weekend's floods will be at least £4m. Today though it was Somerset's turn to suffer after a torrential downpour caused severe damage to homes and businesses. A school was also evacuated.

The Environment Agency is tonight keeping a close watch on villages near Shepton Mallet after they were hit. Richard Payne reports.

Fears the River Sheppey could burst its banks

There are fears this afternoon that the River Sheppey in Somerset could burst its banks near to the village of Godney. Avon and Somerset Police are currently knocking on doors to alert people.

This kind of localised event is difficult to predict but is devastating when it happens. It's important in this situation that people should not attempt to drive or walk through the flood water. Our teams have been hard pressed this week already and we're doing all we can to contain the situation and prevent it getting worse

– JOHN ROWLANDS, ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

Flash floods left cars stranded and roads under water in and around Shepton Mallet earlier today. Around 30mm of rain, over half the monthly average for July, fell in an isolated area in less than fifteen minutes flooding the pub in Croscombe and nearby homes.

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