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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 January 2008, 09:54 GMT
Motorist warning after flooding
A trapped car near Winford, pic by Geoffrey George
The rain and snow caused chaos across the region
Freezing temperatures could lead to dangerous travel conditions after flooding and snow showers across the West of England.

Thousands of rail and road users were hit by travel chaos on Friday as more than 30mm of rain fell.

However, train services were beginning to return to normal on Saturday.

The Environment Agency said several rivers could flood over the weekend and advised people to check its website for more information.

These include the Avon between Twerton and Bristol, the Frome between Chipping Sodbury and Bristol, the Yeo between Congresbury and Wrington, the Chew from Chew Stoke to Keynsham and Winford Brook in Chew Magna.

The River Severn is expected to peak on Sunday between Tewkesbury and Gloucester and a severe warning has been issued for Lydney in Gloucestershire.

Some 12 homes have flooded in Lydney.

Seven flood warnings remain in place in Wiltshire after Broughton Gifford and South Marston were hit.

Children rescued

About 700 homes in Stroud and Cirencester were without power on Saturday.

In the Bristol and North Somerset area, Avon Fire Service dealt with around 200 incidents on Friday.

Flax Bourton and Backwell were particularly badly affected and children at Chew Stoke primary school had to be rescued after being cut off.

Parents carried about 40 pupils through neighbouring gardens to get to safety.

Chew Stoke primary school
Children had to be rescued from a primary school in North Somerset

Homes in Easton-in-Gordano were inundated and people had to be rescued from vehicles in Chew Magna and Barrow Gurney in North Somerset and Charfield in South Gloucestershire.

BBC meteorologist Richard Angwin said: "Between 25 and 35 millimetres of rain, sleet and snow fell across the region. That is about one third of the average January rainfall.

"Icy stretches are expected on untreated roads and drivers are advised to take great care on the roads.

"Further heavy rain is expected later on Sunday and there may be further localised flooding problems."


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