Somerset travel warning as heavy rain causes flooding

 Monday, September 18, 2023 


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Avon and Somerset travel Police said the region was experiencing extreme weather conditions and there was flooding in many areas.

They have advised against non-essential travel with many roads closed.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it had received a high number of calls and to only contact them if there was a risk to life.

A number of businesses on The Avenue in Minehead have been flooded, including Toddy’s takeaway.

Many roads in Minehead have been closed by police including Townsend Road, a partial closure of Ponsford Road, The Avenue, Alcombe Road, Park Street, King George Road and Mark Road.

The A39 at Bilbrook is also among the roads closed due to flooding between Dunster and Carhampton.

Buses of Somerset said its 28 service Taunton to Minehead had been cancelled for the rest of Sunday because of flooding.

Blue Anchor Station on the heritage West Somerset Railway flooded, damaging a signal box and all services are suspended on the route for the rest of the day.

Melanie Burnett, who lives in Minehead, said a nearby holiday let she owns has flooded.

It’s been raining non-stop since 6:30am this morning, she said.

Fortunately the guests left before 11am this morning – hopefully they made it back to Bristol safely.

The flooding happened later this morning. It’s come though the front window, and the back door into the back bedroom. It was above my ankles but has subsided, added Ms Burnett.

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