LIVE UPDATES: More rain and flooding to come for Bristol
After a month's worth of rain fell in just one weekend in Bristol, there are warnings of even more rain today. Today is forecast to be cloudy with scattered heavy showers, some with hail and thunder. The amount of rain is expected to be less compared to that of recent days for most parts, but this may still exacerbate recent flooding problems. Tonight there will be outbreaks of showery rain continuing through much of the night. Tomorrow any remaining outbreaks of rain will soon clear in the south to leave a much drier and brighter but cooler day for many. There are several flood warnings in place - for more information see the Environment Agency's website. For more details of the forecast visit our weather pages. First Great Western are reporting problems on some trains, and advising people to keep an eye on their journey checker. - Owing to flooding between Swindon and Bristol Parkway all lines are blocked. Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 30 mins or diverted between Bristol Parkway and Swindon at short notice. - Owing to flooding between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway all lines are blocked. Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to two hours or revised at short notice. All stations between Exeter St Davids and Taunton will not be served. - Owing to flooding between Taunton and Castle Cary Westbury Bound lines are blocked. Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to an hour or diverted at short notice. UPDATE 9.30AM Firefighters worked through the night to divert flood water away from around 40 to 50 homes in Worle. Ten fire crews attended ponds at Lanthony Close and Autumn Mews where at one point flood water was just an inch away from homes. Fire crews were called at 8.30pm on Sunday and used high volume pumps to move the water away from the properties. Residents were put on alert but a fire service spokesman said they did not leave their homes. Fire crews are still working there this morning. UPDATE 9.55AM The following is a list of First bus services that are currently affected (diverted) by weather related issues: -Bristol: Service 319 (Bath - Cribbs Causeway), Service 332 (Bristol - Bath), A431 closed at Swineford. Services diverted from Willsbridge via Keynsham and the A4. -Portishead: Sheepway flooded, Service 359 diverted via Portbury Hundreds -Weston-super-Mare: Morrisons Bridge closed inbound, service 14 diverted from Sainsbury's via J21 to the campus, Uphill hospital grounds closed, Service 5 using stops outside. UPDATE 12:55 Avon Fire and Rescue Service have tweeted: "A lot of rivers in our area are in flood so will be flowing quickly with dangerous currents. Put your safety first and keep a safe distance." UPDATE 14:35 Over the last week, the AA has rescued hundreds of drivers from flood water but, despite the well-publicised dangers, many are continuing to put themselves at risk by driving along flooded roads, reports the AA. Darron Burness, the AA's Head of Special Operations, says: "Unfortunately a minority of drivers continue to have a misplaced confidence in the capability of both their vehicle and their own driving ability. "Drivers of four-wheel-drive vehicles are not immune from the risks either as the air intake is normally in the same relative position as on any other car – just behind the bumper – so if you enter water that's too deep or too fast, you still risk swamping it and destroying the engine or being swept away. "Last night one of our flood rescue crews witnessed a man in Lichfield, Staffordshire, who moved road closure signs and drove recklessly down a flooded road in his 4x4 'for the fun of it'. "Regardless of the vehicle you're driving and the road conditions, you need the skill and experience to handle it safely, so treat the conditions with respect and stay out of flood water. "Our flood rescue team use 4x4s but our Land Rovers are specially adapted for the job – including snorkelled air intake and vented axles – and are double-crewed with certified water rescue technicians professionally trained in water rescue and 4x4 driving." He added: "If you break down in flood water, please call your breakdown provider as normal. Only call 999 if there is a danger to life." UPDATE 14:50 Fire crews are still in Worle continuing to pump out water from storage ponds to ensure homes are safe. Fire service spokesman Darren Bane said firefighters were expected to stay at the site for the rest of the day, and possibly into tomorrow, in order to make sure the water level in the ponds was low enough to support more rain in case of another downpour. "Firefighters have been working in conjunction with the council and Environment Agency to ensure flood water is pumped away from homes," he said. "Not a single home was evacuated but residents were put on alert in case the water did reach their homes. "Fire crews were very grateful to residents who brought them trays of tea while they were working last night. "Water is now being pumped out of the ponds so that if it rains again there is less of a chance that it will overfill." UPDATE 14:56 The Mail Online has published dramatic images of the moment a motorist saved the life of another man by pulling him through the window of his car. The man became stranded after driving into deep flood water and was spotted by David Dunn from Keynsham earlier today, the news site reported. The Mail Online say Mr Dunn and his son drove their Land Rover into the flood after seeing him floating down the swollen river and pulled him through the window onto the bonnet of his vehicle. VIDEO: Stranded motorist rescued from submerged car - as published on the Mail Online. UPDATE 15:30 Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary in Barrow Gurney is launching an emergency flood appeal following the recent extreme rainfall that left the Sanctuary underwater. Staff and volunteers worked around the clock to keep flood waters away from the animal's kennels and pens, ensuring that the animals were safe, warm and dry. In the end there was too much water for them to cope with and many of the outer parts of the dog kennels as well as the cat garden became swamped. The cats and dogs had to be locked inside the kennel blocks so that staff could keep the water out. Water levels at the sanctuary have now dropped, but amid fears that there is more heavy rain to come and due to the damage that has already been done to the site at Barrow Gurney, staff are appealing to the community for financial donations – the money raised will be invested in a new drainage system to prevent further damage and also on the cleanup operation following November's downfall. If you would like to make a donation to Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary's Flood Appeal you can contact them directly on 01275 474 719 to make a donation over the phone, send donations to 'Flood Appeal' Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary, Wild Country Lane, Barrow Gurney, BS48 3SE or visit www.hollyhedge.org.uk or www.facebook.com/Holly.Hedge.Animal.Sanctuary. UPDATE 20:30 Flood warnings are now in force on two rivers in the Bristol area: The Avon between Bath and Bristol and the Frome between Nibley, near Yate, and Stapleton. A flood alert is in place on the rest of the Frome between Chipping Sodbury and the Floating Harbour.
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