Wind and rain causes disruption across Somerset

Wind and rain causes disruption across Somerset

Wind and rain causes disruption across Somerset

First published in Somerset Bridgwater Mercury: Photograph of the Author by

WILD weather has caused havoc for motorists across the county. Send your pictures to newsdesk@countygazette.co.uk

One lane of the A38 between the Taunton and Wellington was covered with flood water earlier today (July 7) causing slow moving traffic.

On Silk Mills Road, drivers faced lengthy delays after a tree fell onto a lamppost and blocked off half of the road.

Motorists travelling between North Curry, Ham and Creech St Michael are advised to take care as roads are underwater with parts of the River Tone bursting its banks.

There are currently flood warnings out for the River Tone between Bishops Hull and North Curry, and the River Culm between Hemyock and Cullompton.

There was also been an accident on the A38 Taunton Road in Bridgwater near the Parkstone Avenue junction at around 3pm. This incident has now been cleared.

Sporting fixtures have also been wiped out by the weather as the majority of cricket matches in the Somerset/ West Somerset and West of England leagues had to be cancelled.

A spokesman from Taunton Deane Cricket Club, which was underwater just two months ago, said the ground has 'very large puddles' on it but is not submerged as yet.

The Met Office had issued an amber warning for torrential rain and damaging winds for parts of last night and today.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service have released the following ten-point plan to staying safe around floodwater.

1. Six inches of fast flowing water can knock you over.

2. Two feet of water will float your car.

3. Flooding can cause manhole covers to come off, leaving hidden dangers.

4. Don’t walk or drive through flood water.

5. Don’t let children play in flood water.

6. Don’t walk on sea defences or riverbanks.

7. When water levels are high be aware that bridges may be dangerous to walk or drive over.

8. Culverts are dangerous when flooded.

9. Look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees.

10. Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch floodwater as it may be contaminated.

HAVE you been affected by the weather? Send your pictures to newsdesk@countygazette.co.uk or tweet us at @CountyGazette or on-call reporter @danielrmilligan

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