North Somerset hit by flooding

PUBLISHED: 08:27 24 September 2012 | UPDATED: 14:11 24 September 2012

Flooding in Winscombe - this photo was sent in by reader Julian Hughes via weston.iwitness24.co.uk

Flooding in Winscombe - this photo was sent in by reader Julian Hughes via weston.iwitness24.co.uk

MUCH of North Somerset has been hit by flooding after almost a month's worth of rainfall fell over the past 24 hours.

The flooding has badly affected the rail network, and reader Paul Merrett has shown why with his photo of flooded rail tracks near NailseaThe flooding has badly affected the rail network, and reader Paul Merrett has shown why with his photo of flooded rail tracks near Nailsea

Areas including Congresbury, Hewish, Churchill, Worle and Wrington have all been affected, with Avon Fire and Rescue receiving calls from across the district.

Locking, Banwell, Winscombe, Sandford, Blagdon and parts of the Oldmixon estate in Weston have also seen flooding.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service has also been called out to Cheddar, East Huntspill, East Brent, Axbridge, Rooksbridge, Highbridge, Mark, Badgworth, Brean and Wedmore after reports of properties being flooded and people becoming trapped in cares in flood water.

And the problems may persist with more rain predicted for this afternoon and the following two days.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the remainder of Monday and Tuesday.

Avon Fire and Rescue was called to 41 incidents before 10am this morning, with six of those involving rescues.

Two people were rescued from a car in water in Wrington Road, Congresbury while two people were rescued from their homes after flooding in Langford Road, Lower Langford.

Three more people were saved from flooding in Nippors Way, Winscombe.

The flooding has affected roads in the area, making travel difficult for motorists, with the A370 one of the worst-affected routes.

Some buses are running as much as 90 minutes late due to the disruptions, with some services operating diversions to avoid the worst-hit areas.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Yeo from Congresbury to Wrington and a flood alert for the North Somerset area.

The Yeo Valley and Rural Outreach Children’s Centre in Congresbury is closed today because of the flooding.

Train services across the region have been either heavily delayed or cancelled, causing rush-hour problems for commuters.

First Great Western (FGW) has warned passengers of ‘major disruption’ on the line between Highbridge and Burnham, and Nailsea and Backwell Stations – including Weston, Worle and Yatton.

A spokesman for the firm said: “Local bus services are conveying passengers between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads in both directions until further notice. “Arrangements have been made for FGW rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys.

“First Buses are accepting FGW ticket holders between Taunton and Bristol TM by any reasonable route.”

The firm were unable to provide an estimate as to when services would return to normal.

Local weather expert Chris Cudlipp, who has been recording rainfall since 1981, said that 73.5 milimetres of rain had fallen from 8am on Sunday to 8am today, in comparison to the average figure for the entire of September of 85 milimetres.

Janet Townsend woke up to flooding outside her home in Nutwell Road, Worle.

She said: “It was very bad, the water came right up over the pavements to the walls of the houses on the street, so you couldn’t even walk down the street.

“It’s very bad for drivers too, nothing could sensibly go down the road without causing damage.”

A spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue said: “Our advice to people is to think about whether you really need to make that journey and if you do please allow plenty of time for your journey, please drive safely and allow plenty of room around you if you do have to drive through a large patch of water please test your brakes after.”

A police spokesman said: “We are warning motorists to take particular care as they travel today following heavy rainfall in the area.

“There have been reports of spray and surface water across Avon and Somerset. Please allow extra time for your journey and consider if you really need to travel this morning. If you do, motorists are reminded to avoid going through deep water – a small number of motorists have already become stranded in their vehicles.

“Motorists should not be unduly worried by this as it is not causing significant problems but should be prepared for the wet weather.”

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