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Flood warnings remain in place across the West Country as homes damaged

  • These were the scenes across the region as floods continued to cause disruption.

Flood warnings remain in place across the West Country as homes across the region suffered further flooding.

Most of the flood warnings are in place in Gloucestershire and Dorset with 10 each, four are in Wiltshire and one in Somerset.

The Environment Agency said it could not rule out levels rising even more although they are playing down the risk of floods similar to those of 2007.

  • Sandhurst
People living on a traveller site in Sandhurst remain cut off because of flooding on surrounding roads. Credit: ITV News West Country
Residents had to wade through flood water with trolleys to take food back to the community. Credit: ITV News West Country

Hundreds of people living on a traveller site in Sandhurst have become stranded and are short of supplies, as a result of flooding.

And with more rain expected this weekend, there is a real concern that the situation could go on for some days.

Elsewhere river levels have been dropping across the day but in places like Longford and Maisemore residents are still facing difficulties getting around.

  • Longford
A new delivery of sandbags arrived today [February 20] as residents are still trying to defend their homes from flooding. Credit: ITV News West Country
There are fears that although levels have fallen, they could rise again when the rainfall from the last few days works its way down from the River Severn. Credit: ITV News West Country
The community of Longford pulled together as flood waters from the River Severn continued to rise. Credit: ITV News West Country
Residents say had it not been for pumps they would have been submerged by floods. Credit: ITV News West Country
  • Maisemore
There are fears that although levels have fallen, they could rise again when the rainfall from the last few days works down the River Severn. Credit: ITV News West Country

I think each flood is different and you learn something from each flood. We're not in a 2007 situation, its more like a 2014 situation at the moment.

If things go our way we'll escape the worst of it, if they don't and there is more rain then it will get worst. It's really a watching and waiting game at the moment.

– Ken Goodwin, Gloucestershire Reporter
  • Bradford upon Avon
Flood barriers have helped ease the situation in Bradford upon Avon. Credit: ITV News West Country

On Monday the water was waste deep.

But after it accumulated behind temporary flood barriers, emergency services spent days pumping it into the river.

The river itself has gone down about 3ft since Monday and it is flowing more slowly. There are still five flood warning still in force across Wiltshire.

However, they mainly concern villages on the south side of Salisbury plain. These include Shrewton, Wiley and Codford with concerns around rising ground water.

– Caron Bell, Wiltshire Reporter
  • Lydbrook
Cars were left behind due to severity of the flooding in Lydbrook. Credit: ITV News West Country

The situation is better than it was yesterday. However, many people here have expressed their sadness over the reality of the flooding and what it has caused. And although this village is used to flooding its never seen anything quite like this.

– Max Walsh, Reporter
  • Burrowbridge

The one flood warning in place for the Somerset levels is on Curry Moor and Hay Moor which is neighbouring villages like Stoke St Gregory.

In Burrowbridge the River Parrot is quite high with barely a gap underneath the bridge.

That's why its spilling over onto the moor, but that's okay as its supposed to flood this time of year.

– Ben McGrail, Somerset Reporter