Page last updated at 15:40 GMT, Tuesday, 10 February 2009

More than 20 rescued from floods

Flooded scene near Bath
Many parts of Somerset have been affected by flood waters

Fire crews rescued more than 20 people from cars stuck in flood water in parts of Somerset overnight and high winds brought trees down across roads.

The River Cam in West Camel burst its banks where the road was blocked and some properties in Taunton and Yeovil have been affected by flood water.

There has been localised flooding in many parts of the county including Bridgwater, North Curry and Martock.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue took 55 calls between 2000 GMT and midnight.

A spokesman said the patches of flooding were "pretty widespread".

'Flash flooding'

The Environment Agency currently has 14 flood warnings in place for Somerset.

The River Cam in West Camel near Yeovil burst its banks, and several homes in Taunton and Yeovil were flooded.

A Somerset County Council spokesman said: "It is dozens of homes rather than hundreds and it is flash flooding rather than inches."

There was some light and patchy snow in Bath and North East Somerset at about 2100 GMT but only one road in the area was closed due to flooding - Redlynch Lane at Chewton Keynsham.

Some roads around Crewkerne and Glastonbury are closed and Shipham Hill at Cheddar is shut because of snow.

A Met Office spokesman said it would be largely dry with bright spells throughout Tuesday, turning cold overnight with a widespread frost but no risk of further snow.

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