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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Heavy rain, strong winds and flooding hit SW England - November 2012

Heavy rain and severe winds up to 90 mph battered parts of the UK this week, with rain falling on already saturated ground following Wednesday's floods that affected large parts of the South-west of England.

The severe weather and flooding has caused the deaths of two people, whilst flooding has also led to homes and businesses being evacuated along with major road and rail disruption. An overview of the main developments each day is shown below:

Thursday 22 November 2012

VIDEO – Torrential rain falls on saturated ground

Source - BBC Weather website

Up to 50mm of rain hit Dartmoor overnight, while Exeter airport in Devon received 39.2mm - almost half the monthly average - in just eight hours.


More than 80 flood warnings were in place, mainly in south-west England and the Midlands, with 179 flood alerts across England and Wales.

About 500 homes lost power in Dumfries and Galloway after lightning struck, and the mobile phone network was also affected

Around 2,000 homes in the South West and 500 in Wales were without power, as Western Power said it was looking to restore electricity to those in need.

In west Wales five people were taken to hospital after a stationary Peugeot 206 was "flipped over" by high winds on an exposed road at Milford Haven just before noon.

In Woolaston in the West Midlands a teenage girl was left with serious head injuries after being hit by a branch from a falling tree.

Great Western Canal ran dry after an embankment collapses in torrential rain and fierce winds. Families were forced from their homes when a 100-foot section of the Great Western Canal collapsed near Tiverton in Devon, flooding the surrounding land with millions of gallons of water. See it here:

For lots more images and information, click here

High-sided vehicles, caravans and motorcycles were banned from using the Tamar Bridge, which connects Devon and Cornwall

Dozens of schools were closed, including 12 in Devon and 17 in Somerset, and businesses including pubs and restaurants forced to turn away customers following the floods.

One school in east Devon, Sidbury primary school, had to evacuate because of a flood warning on the River Sid which meant people had to move to high ground.

A shopper in Plymouth need medical treatment after wind blew a sign down in the city's Drake Circus shopping centre and struck them on the ankle.

In Birmingham strong winds blew a mosque roof into the road. See the video here

Nobody was hurt but three cars were damaged after the roof was lifted off the two-storey building in Evelyn Road, Sparkbrook.

Children have been rescued at a primary school in Gwynedd and the A55 is closed in north west Wales as gale force winds and rain batter the country. Video report here

In Wales a fallen oak tree narrowly missed a house in New Quay, Cardigan Bay, where a "massive crash" was heard at 5:30 in the morning

The AA had attended around 4,600 breakdowns by midday on the 22nd November.

The A55 dual carriageway was closed between junction 12 at Bangor and junction 11, Tal y Bont, causing major disruption.

Friday 23rd November 2012

BBC Weather VIDEO - What has caused all the flooding and what is still to come?


A Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said crews had rescued 11 people from vehicles stuck in flood water since Thursday afternoon.

The A366 in Farleigh Hungerford has been closed in both directions because of a fallen tree.

Trains between Swindon and Bristol Parkway have been cancelled, delayed or diverted by up to 60 minutes due to flooding at Chipping Sodbury.

A man died after his vehicle became submerged in flood water following torrential rain in Somerset.

He was released from his car by a fire and rescue crew called to Chew Stoke on Thursday evening, but was pronounced dead on the way to hospital.

In Bath, houses below Upper Camden Place were evacuated overnight after a landslip which saw a house at the top of the hill lose part of its garden. No-one was hurt.

The RAC said its callouts for breakdowns were up by 10% on Friday. It was dealing with 60% more callouts in south-west England than normal.

Sources – BBC News; Sky News; Mail Online; The Guardian

Saturday 24th November

VIDEO - Detailed look at how all this flooding was caused


A 21 year old woman was killed by a falling tree in Exeter. Police said she was living in a tent and was trapped when the tree fell, dying later in hospital in Exeter.

Ten homes were evacuated at Old Sodbury near Chipping Sodbury in Gloucestershire, after a landslip caused by heavy rain

A 12-month-old baby was rescued from flooding in Oldwick Lane, Blagdon, Somerset on Friday night, it has emerged. A boat was used by Avon Fire and Rescue to rescue the baby and their family from their stranded car

Homes in Wiltshire were flooded during heavy rain on Saturday with Malmesbury badly affected. The main road through Lacock was also flooded

Car attempting to make it through flood water at Lacock

Almost 500 homes and businesses had been flooded, mainly in the south-west of England and the Midlands. Overnight four severe flood warnings — meaning lives are in danger – were issued for Cornwall.

The River Avon in Malmesbury,Wiltshire flooded, where the water was 3ft (0.9m) deep in places. Leading to roads being closed and homes inundated. Also properties in Bradford on Avon were flooded

VIDEO - As 800 homes are flooded, people try to deal with the consequences

The B4069 at Sutton Benger, near Chippenham, was affected due to flooding, with a 100 foot long flood making it almost impossible for traffic to travel through Sutton Benger.

Dozens of sections of roads in the west country, including the M5 and M50, were flooded. Other road closures in Wiltshire include: The village of Alderton, Kellaways - Langley Burrell, the B3106 at Staverton, the Reybridge to Lacock road and the A366 West of Wingfield Crossroads near Bradford on Avon. Road at Challeymead in Melksham also flooded

Network Rail said trains were likely to be disrupted between Exeter, Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads until Monday.

Six people were rescued from caravans at Blue Anchor near Minehead in Somerset by fire and rescue crews

More at BBC News - As it happened page

Flood prevention and preparation

So what can be done to prepare for a flood event? Check out this advice

BBC News; The Guardian; Daily Mail; The Wiltshire Times; Daily Telegraph; Channel 4 News

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