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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

South West England Floods – 21st November 2012

Causes

During Wednesday 21st November 2012, parts of the South west of England received unusually high rainfall totals. In some areas, there has been more than one months worth of rain in just two days.



Police and fire crews were called out to many incidents after 20mm to 39mm (0.8in to 1.5in) fell in 12 hours on already saturated ground.


Effects

17 schools in Somerset were closed as well as many in Devon and some school buses were cancelled.

Many of Somerset's major roads were affected by flood water, including the A37, A39 and A4.

Roads in Bristol, Devon, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire were also closed because of flooding.

More here via the ITV News website

All railway lines between Swindon and south Wales were blocked because of flooding.

Delays and cancellations also caused problems on the Plymouth to Westbury route; Bristol Parkway to Gloucester; Bristol to Taunton and between Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare.

Rain also caused a landslip of five tonnes of earth between Honiton in Devon and Axminster, blocking the line between Exeter and Waterloo,



UPDATE:
The flooding continued for the next few days - read about it here


Sources – BBC News; ITV News



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