Roads damaged by flash flooding in Chard

Somerset County Council is thanking everyone who pulled together after torrential rain hit the Chard area on Monday night.  

Flash flooding caused by extreme weather saw the emergency services and council teams – backed by community volunteers – on the scene throughout the night. Fire crews rescued two people from a car in floodwater while other vehicles were marooned after flood water swept through the area. Some homes were also affected.  

Teams from Somerset County Council’s Highways worked throughout the night and are today continuing to clear mud and debris from affected roads. All main routes are now clear of flooding but significant damage has damage has been caused to some local roads making them impassable. Crews are continuing to assess the widespread storm damage and plan repairs.  

Councillor John Woodman, County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “I would like to thank everyone involved for their tireless efforts in dealing with such an exceptional event. I understand this is awful for those communities who have been affected.  

“This was extreme weather with torrential rain hitting the area and causing flash-flooding. Teams from the emergency services, Somerset County Council and the district council – not to mention volunteers and the community – did an incredible job and we will now assess the damage and make any repairs as quickly as we can. “I would like to thank everyone for their patience and support.”  

As of 11am there are closures in Whitestaunton and Scrapton Lane, Combe St Nicholas. But the situation is changeable and this is likely increase as our teams work through the area. Please travel with caution therefore on minor roads in the affected area – you can help by reporting defects or possible road closure sites to countyroads-southsom@somerset.gov.uk. If the problem is urgent or poses a danger to the public please call police on 101.  

Also please follow our social media channels for the latest updates. Travel Somerset’s website and social media channels will be providing updates –  www.travelsomerset.co.uk and @travelsomerset on Twitter and Facebook.  

South Somerset District Council is setting up a help and information centre at the Guildhall in Chard today for anyone affected by yesterday’s flooding.    

Submitted by Communications