Flash flooding hits large parts of the South West

Motorists have been warned to keep travel to a minimum after large parts of the region were hit by heavy flooding.

Somerset and Devon were particularly badly hit by the heavy rain over the weekend.

Avon and Somerset Police said the region has experienced 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 also said it had received a high number of calls.

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.

Somerset Council lead member for transport, Mike Rigby, said: “So much rain has fallen I think there’s a real risk that it could take some time to move down through the system.

“It’s a very large catchment area here so I would imagine that streams and rivers will be very high for the rest of the day and into tomorrow as well, so caution is urged for the whole of that period.”

Exeter Airport was forced to cancel  flights on Sunday.

The flights were due to depart to Jersey, Newcastle, Lanzarote, Edinburgh and Guernsey.

“Following Sunday afternoon’s flash flooding which caused the closure of the airport, our teams are working through the night cleaning up and we expect to be open tomorrow morning, Monday.

“Passengers are advised to check with their airline for the very latest information about their flight, and please bear with us while we do our very best to return all airport operations to normal”, a spokesperson said.

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