Flash flooding across parts of Somerset sees homes damaged and emergency shelters opened

The water ruined the tarmac on this road in Chard. Credit: Lilias Ahmeira

Emergency shelters have been set up to help people affected by flash flooding across Somerset overnight.

Chard is one of the worst hit areas with people sharing pictures on social media of cars stranded, houses flooded and roads blocked with debris.

The Guildhall was opened on the evening of Monday 28 June for anyone who needed help.

The town's Mayor, Jason Baker, posted on Facebook: "Anyone needing shelter or a warm drink please head to the Guildhall, we will coordinate help and support as we can."

One of the local schools, Holyrood Academy, also opened to offer support.

A spokesperson said: "If the recent flooding has left you without somewhere to be this evening, we have just opened up the Upper Site Hall. Come on up if you need somewhere dry and a cuppa."

One resident said it was the worst flooding in decades. Credit: Lilias Ahmeira

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain on Monday 28 June which was extended to the early hours of Tuesday 29 June).

Forecasters predicted difficult driving conditions, road closures, transport delays and building damage.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said multiple roads had to be closed and teams from Travel Somerset were working overnight to clear debris from the roads.

According to traffic monitoring site Inrix, it appears roads have now reopened but people are being advised to take extra care on the roads.

A post on Chard Fire Station's Facebook page said: "Wow! What a night? As Firefighters all we want to be able to do is save life, protect property and serve the community we work and live in.

"The hardest thing is having to say ‘there’s nothing we can do’ or ‘we physically cannot get to you."

Residents of Chard have been sharing their experience of the flash flooding overnight.

On Facebook one user said she was "devastated" after showing pictures of floodwater surrounding her house.

Another said they have lived in Chard for 37 years and "never have I seen floods like the one we had today."

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Users commented on the community spirit in the Somerset town and have been offering places to stay and help with clearing any floodwater from houses.

A red flood warning remains in place on part of the River Isle from Chard Reservoir to Hambridge.

The warning indicates that flooding is expected in the area and immediate action is required to ensure safety.

Get the full weather forecast here.

Teams from Somerset County Council’s Highways worked throughout the night and all main routes were cleared of flooding by the afternoon of Tuesday 29 June.

But some roads have suffered significant damage making them impassable.

Councillor John Woodman, County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “I would like to thank everyone involved for their tireless efforts in dealing with such an exceptional event. I understand this is awful for those communities who have been affected.

“This was extreme weather with torrential rain hitting the area and causing flash-flooding. Teams from the emergency services, Somerset County Council and the district council – not to mention volunteers and the community – did an incredible job and we will now assess the damage and make any repairs as quickly as we can.

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience and support.”

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