North Somerset hit by flooding

PUBLISHED: 11:07 30 August 2012 | UPDATED: 11:08 30 August 2012

Pear Tree Garage co-owner Paula Sharp Pring in her flooded forecourt

Pear Tree Garage co-owner Paula Sharp Pring in her flooded forecourt


AREAS of North Somerset have been hit by flash flooding caused by heavy rain.

Fire crews were called to properties in the east of the district after 3pm yesterday (Weds) after downpours caused flooding in some areas.

Churchill, Winscombe and Upper Langford were among the areas worst-affected, with one garage overcome by muddy rainwater.

The Pear Tree Garage in Bath Road, Upper Langford, has suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage after flooding for the second time this year.

Staff member Ian Pring said: “At about 3pm there was a big downpour of rain and it just came cascading through the forecourt after just a couple of minutes.

“We tried to barricade the doors to the workshop and offices but there was such a volume of water that it came flooding through.

“It’s damaged a lot of electrical things and our forecourt has been left covered in mud.

“We worked through the night to be able to get the garage half-open for business today, which luckily we’ve been able to do.”

An Avon Fire and Rescue crew was called to the garage, but had to let the floodwater subside naturally due to its volume.

A crew from Winscombe pumped water from a flooded home in Bristol Road, Sidcot, before being called to another house in Barton Road, Winscombe.

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