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Severe weather hits South-West
Updated 4:49pm Thursday 19th December 2013 in News
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- Environment Agency issues 15 flood warnings for the South-West
- A further 38 flood alerts have been issued
- More severe weather is on the way
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Bank full Rivers Parrett & Tone this morning #SomersetLevels by @CJphotos1 http://t.co/WYkNJvjEFc— @waterlevels 19 December 2013
1/2 Current situation on the Somerset Moors and Levels, over 1 inch of rainfall in last 24 hours, River Tone and River Parrett catchments— @EnvAgencySW 19 December 2013
Glyn Parry sent in this photo of the River Tone at French Weir Park this morning.
B3188 blocked due to fallen tree around Castle Lane, Wiveliscombe. #Somerset— @Shaun_Moore 18 December 2013
“@ASPWellington: A38 between #Taunton & Wellington is flooded @ Sheppys Cider Farm and Rumwell Farm Shop passable with extreme caution.— @peteherb 19 December 2013
ABOVE: The swollen River Tone at Obridge, and below, the river covers work done on the NIDR crossing at the back of Priory Fields retail park.
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WESTERN Power says it is currently dealing with incidents in the following areas:
- West Buckland
- West Lyng
THE fire service has listed on its website these incidents which it dealt with last night:
17:15 Market Place, Glastonbury - Dangerous structure made safe.
18:55 Blackdown View, Ilminster - Dangerous steel shed made safe.
19:00 B3188 Ford, Wiveliscombe - Assistance to tree down over BT cables.
19:57 Middle Green Road, Wellington - Assistance to flooding near to nursing home.
20:23 Butleigh to Barton St David road - Persons rescued from vehicle in flood water.
20:43 Lower Street, Upton Noble, Shepton Mallet - Assistance with flooding inside property.
21:19 Top Hill, Upton Noble, Shepton Mallet - Assistance with flooding inside property.
21:30 Puckington, Ilminster - Persons rescue from vehicle in flood water.
EMERGENCY services are currently dealing with "numerous calls" relating to the severe weather currently hitting the South West.
Devon and Somerset's Fire Control is being inundated with calls regarding flooding due to the weather conditions, affecting both properties and individuals who have driven into flooded roads.
A Fire Service spokesperson said: "The public are reminded not to drive through flood water, as this may be deeper then it appears.
"Also we have attended a number of incidents regarding dangerous structures which have been made safe."
Avon and Somerset Police's Wellington force have also strongly recommended that Somerset residents stay indoors.
It tweeted: "Don't travel tonight unless it's absolutely necessary. Flooded roads, fallen trees, power cables down and more. Stay safe at home if possible."
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