30th March 2020

Amber weather warning extends into Somerset

An amber weather warning of rain has been extended into Somerset today (Monday).

The Met Office said:

“On Monday a further broad area of heavy, persistent rain will move northwards across southwest England. Although the more persistent rain should clear from Devon by early afternoon, heavy and possibly thundery showers are likely to follow.

Please be prepared for disruption to transport due to localised flooding, whilst flooding of homes and businesses is also possible.”

A flood alert is in place for the River Tone catchment.

The alert states:

“Widespread rainfall, heavy at times, is forecast throughout Monday with lighter showers forecast during Tuesday.

Rainfall totals of 30 mm are likely with a possibility of higher totals in some areas.

This message will be updated on Tuesday morning.

River levels on the River Tone at Greenham, River Tone at Bishops Hull, River Tone at Taunton, Hillfarrance Brook at Milverton and Halsewater Stream at Halsewater are all rising and will continue to do so during Monday.”

Somerset County Council have confirmed there to be surface water on roads between Taunton and Wellington and have advised drivers to drive carefully.

“Lots of reports of surface water on many roads, including on #A372 Aller and #A38 between Wellington and Taunton. Please drive carefully”