BUSY NIGHT FOR FIRE CREWS AS TORRENTIAL RAIN CAUSES SEVERE FLOODING

Torrential rain caused severe flooding in areas of West Crewkerne yesterday evening. In Clapton, fire crews from Crewkerne and Beaminster Fire Stations joined forces, to rescue a person from the roof of a vehicle, stranded in flood water, and people from a campsite, who had been staying in tents and caravans. The fire crews were also called to an external flooding incident in the village, where they cleared drains and pumped water, to divert it away from a house.

Many homes and businesses in Chard and the surrounding villages were flood damaged, with local communities rallying around to help and the hall at Holyrood School and the Guildhall in Chard were opened up to provide a dry place and offer hot drinks to those affected by the floods.

The main road from Chard to Crewkerne was impassable at several places, along with many village roads, where driving conditions were reported to have been extremely dangerous, due to the high levels of water on the roads. Fire crews from Chard, Ilminster and other fire stations across the area, were assisted by Avon and Somerset Police and Somerset County Council’s highway teams.

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