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Somerset storms latest: thousands without power
Updated 9:26am Sunday 16th February 2014 in News
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- 9,000 homes in South-West without power
- Amber warning for wind in South-West
- Yellow warning for rain
THERE are now around 6,000 households in the South-West without power, Western Power Distribution says.
DIANNE Forward writes in to say how a community near Chard has pulled together today to clear a weather-related problem.
She writes: "A large tree brought down by storms last night completely blocked a small road into Purtington near Cricket St Thomas today.
"A couple of phone calls got several residents including a local farmer with a tractor and the right equiptment, the owner of the tree with another tractor etc, a councillor with muscle power and of course a few helpful females and soon the offending tree was reduced to big/little twigs and very large logs.
"Team work can bring otherwise normally busy people together and I know the owners of the tree were very grateful to all concerned.
"Getting to grips with a problem in a small community shows that helping and looking out for each other is still very important."
Amazingly heart-warming win for Carroll Gray & Saint Breiz whose Bridgwater yard is underwater. Great news! #carrollgraywins— @wincantonraces 15 February 2014
The floodwater being kept out of #Bridgwater by the bank at Huntworth. http://t.co/NRQYTJYzU2— @MercuryJDempsey 15 February 2014
FIREFIGHTERS were sent to Duke Street, in Wembdon, near Bridgwater, earlier, where some loose roof tiles on a home were posing a safety risk.
WE have been told this afternoon's event to sort aid donations for flood victims (see 10.29am) will NOT be taking place at the Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Taunton.
Road information concering West Somerset (updated at 3.50pm yesterday)
- A358 Wiliton to Taunton – Various areas of flooding. Road open, passable with care.
- A39 Minehead to Wiliton - Various areas of flooding. Road open, passable with care.
- A39 Williton to Nether Stowey – Various areas of flooding. Road open, passable with care.
- Doniford Road, Williton – flooding – passable with care
- Stream Road, Wiliton – flooding – road closed
- Sampford Rocks, Sampford Brett – landslip – road closed
- Dyche Road, Holford – flooding – road closed
Road closures affecting Taunton Deane, updated 3.51pm yesterday:
- Lowton Road, Pitminster – Large oak tree fallen across road, team on way.
- Ruishton has been flooded since early Wednesday (5 February) morning.
- Cheats Corner near Ruishton and Creech St Michael – flooded and impassable
- Ham area – flooded and impassable
- West Sedgemoor Road, near Hellands Mead, North Curry –closed
- Tarr Road, Lydeard StLawrence – closed
- Lydeard St Lawrence – West Leigh Lane – closed
- New Road/Moor Lane, North Curry – closed
- Cutts Road, East Lyng (to Athelney) – closed
- Burrowbridge to Huntworth – flooding – closed
- A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge – closed
- Burrowbridge to Stathe – flooded but passable with care
- Stathe to Oath – flooded – 4×4 only
- Shepherds Drove, Burrowbridge – closed
- Knapp – closed
- Lower Henlade – passable
Road closures affecting South Somerset:
- A372 Pibsury, closed since 23 December and remains closed
- All roads to Muchelney, Thorney closed since 24 December and remain closed
- Oath, closed since the week of 6 January and remains closed
- Long Load Bridge, B3165 closed since 24 December and remains closed
- A372 Othery to Aller – closed
- Two Tower Lane, Stoford – Flooded and impassable
- Broadway Road, Broadway – Flooded and impassable
- B3168, Puckington Road – Passable with care
- B3168, Puckington Road, near Ilminster Cemetery/Higher Beacon – closed
- A358, Donyatt – River levels rising, surface water now on highway. Passable with care.
- Stibbear Lane/Crock Street, Donyatt – Flooded and impassable
- Yeovil Road, Chilthorne Domer – Flooding but passable with care
- Thorney Road, Kingsbury Episcopi – carriageway impassable due to flooding, 4×4 vehicles only
HERE is a rundown on the latest weather-related road closures, from Somerset County Council, updated around 11am today.
- Lane closure, A38 dual carriageway at Dunball – Environment Agency (EA) installing additional pumps.
- A361 Burrowbridge to East Lyng – still closed due to flooding.
- Roads in and around Moorland, nr North Petherton – Flooding to roads and properties remains. Main road to Moorland now closed but is passable with care. A large number of ramps in carriageway to accommodate pumps. Access is being managed by the Police. Evacuation of properties continues.
- Marsh Lane, Huntworth – passable with care
- Ward Lane, Chedzoy between Chedzoy and Stawell – closed due to flooding.
- Bullhorn Drove, Westonzoyland – closed due to flooding.
- Ruggs Drove (Fowlers Plot), Chedzoy – closed due to flooding
- A372 Langport Road (Seven Bends) from Othery to Aller – Road closed due to flooding and EA works. Additional advanced signs have been put out. Large pump brought in by EA is at work.
- Tuxwell Lane, Spaxton – road passable with care.
- Banklands, North Newton – surface water present but passable with care
- Fordgate, Moorland – one access route closed due to flooding. The other access route has surface water but is passable with care.
- Rookscastle, Broomfield – road closed due to flooding
- Middlezoy Road (Place Drove), Middlezoy – Road flooded, passable with care but situation improving
- Holloway Road, Middlezoy – Road flooded but passable with care
- Liney Road, Westonzoyland – Road passable with care. Pumping of water ongoing.
- Bonson Road, Stockland Bristol – Flood damage to verge and carriageway, passable with care
- Ashford Lane, Spaxton – Road flooded but passable with care
- Perry Green Road, Wembdon – passable with care
- Tuckerton Lane, North Petherton – Road flooded and damage to edges but passable with care
- Park Lane, Goathurst -Road flooded but passable with care
- Moorlinch Road, Moorlinch – Localised flooding but passable with care
- Woolavington Road, Puriton – Localised flooding but passable with care
- Edbrook Lane, Cannington – Road closed due to flooding
- North Lane, Othery has been closed since 8.30am (Saturday 15th) due to a fallen tree bringing down power lines. Waiting for Western Power to attend before work can be done to clear the road.
WESTERN Power Distribution says 9,000 homes across the South-West are without power.
A third All-Terrain vehicle arrives in Somerset to help Oath residents stranded by rising floodwater #somersetfloods http://t.co/rcNJUbMPiS— @SomersetCouncil 15 February 2014
RT @ASPolice: We are urging motorists to take care in S Somerset area where a number of trees have fallen in winds overnight leaving debris…— @AlertUnitedKing 15 February 2014
THE number of severe flood warnings in place in the South-West has dropped from six this morning to two.
However, the remaining severe flood warnings are those in Somerset, at Salt Moor and North Moor, and from East Lyng to Burrowbridge.
The number of flood warnings has dropped from 55 to 22.
A LANDSLIP near Ilminster Cemetery has caused the closure of The Beacon, between Beacon Lane and Mill Lane.
This tweet came from Robin Morrison yesterday.
Another sign of wet weather as B3168 out of Ilminster starts to collapse. Hence why it is closed @chardandilynews http://t.co/Ec7kc1oZmo— @robinmmorrison 14 February 2014
After a 10.15am pitch inspection today's home league fixture against Bridgwater Town has been postponed. #Mango1951— @MangotsfieldUtd 15 February 2014
Good morning all, my thoughts this morning are with anyone effected by storms & those doing great work to help #amazingvolunteers #staysafe— @Bridgwater_Lab 15 February 2014
THE Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Cheddon Road, Taunton, has offered up its sports hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm today to help sort out aid donations for flood victims.
Volunteers are invited to come along to help.
For more information, phone Stuart Smith on 07473-955109.
Latest: 6 Severe and 55 Flood Warnings in place for SW, more info on http://t.co/hk5Bg9hB0i stay safe #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 15 February 2014
DEVON and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says it handled over 200 calls about weather-related incidents yesterday.
Most related to trees falling onto roads or power cables coming down.
In one incident, two people and a cat were evacuated from a home in Saltmoor, near Burrowbridge.
THE floods continue to cause major travel disruption.
Click here for the latest on the trains from First Great Western.
Pictured is the flooded line near Bridgwater
(PHOTO: First Great Western)
HERE'S what the Met Office says about the dangers of wind:
"Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are likely in the Amber warning area with isolated 80 mph gusts possible along the most exposed parts of the south coast.
"Winds will ease from the west during Saturday morning."
THE Met Office's five-day weather map suggests there could be some respite after today.