Firefighters rescue woman in labour from flooded home
It has been a busy morning for Avon Fire and Rescue with widespread flooding in the Bristol region.
One crew from Chew Magna was called to an address in Stowey Bottom, Bishop Sutton, where they helped a woman in labour to safely leave the flood-affected property she was in.
She was then transferred safely to an ambulance and taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
From around 7am the AF&RS control room has received a large volume of phone calls from people whose properties have been affected or threatened by rising water levels.
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In some cases, crews were deployed and pumps used to either remove water from a property or garden, or to try to divert the path of water to reduce the risk of flooding.
The North Somerset area seems to have been the most affected, with multiple calls for help in Backwell, Claverham, Congresbury and in and around the Chew Magna area.
Shortly before 8.30am two people were rescued from a car in water in Crow Lane, Henbury.
Floodwater badly affected the ground floor of a property in Dundry. A crew from Brislington used a major pump to help try to clear some of the water, and to assist the elderly occupier, who has mobility difficulties, to the top floor of the property.
At 9.45am, swift water rescue technicians from Bedminster, assisted by a crew from Weston-super-Mare, helped rescue a man trapped in a BMW car in around four feet of flood water on the A368 at Bishop Sutton.
A 45-year-old woman was rescued from a Skoda car in floodwater at Backwell Common, Backwell, just after 10am.
Bedminster crews used a raft to search a vehicle in water at Chapel Hill, Backwell. This car was submerged in water. Swift water rescue team members searched the vehicle but no people were found.
A woman was rescued from a car in flood water in St Annes Road, St Annes, Bristol.
An adult and four children were rescued from flood water at Winford Bridge, Chew Magna, and a man was rescued from a car in flood water at Pilgrims Way, Chew Stoke.
Anyone planning to travel is being advised to listen to local radio broadcasts for latest travel information.
Consider whether your journey is necessary, allow plenty of time for your journey, think about alternative routes in case you find your intended route affected by flood water, take great care when driving, and if you do drive through water, test your brakes afterwards.
For more details of the forecast visit our weather pages.