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It is a year since devastating floods in Somerset and many people are still not back in their homes. People living in the Chew Valley were badly hit by torrential rain and one man died when his car was washed down a flooded brook.
Today the Environment Agency said people need to be ready for bad weather to hit again and prepare their homes as best they can. Laura Makin Isherwood reports.
The aftermath of the torrential storms that caused havoc across our region became clear today. One person died and many others were forced to evacuate their homes after flooding and landslides ripped through neighbourhoods.
The man who died was trapped after his 4x4 was swept away by a flash flood in the village of Chew Stoke, south of Bristol. It's thought he was visiting a relative who lived locally.
Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland reports:
Duncan Massey from Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue says there have been three or four similar incidents in the last few weeks:
Shots of the car trapped under a bridge in Chew Stoke filmed from a helicopter today. The driver died after being caught in the high water last night.
A man has died after becoming trapped in his car in flood water in Somerset.
Emergency services received a call at about 8.50pm last night to say a car was wedged under a bridge near to a ford at Rectory Fields, in Chew Stoke. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said they are still trying to identify the man and his next of kin.