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Flood chaos in Cheddar Valley after a month's worth of rain falls in one night

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

  • Flooding between Wedmore and Blackford on Monday

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A month's worth of rainfall fell on North Somerset on Monday night, flooding Cheddar Valley villages.

The entire county suffered to some extent but water misery was in force at Banwell, Churchill, Sandford and Winscombe.

North Somerset Council had 72 calls about flooding between 5am and 9am. Between 65mm and 70mm of rainfall came down, swelling the Congresbury Yeo but the flooding was just from sheer volume of water on the ground.

Fortunately there were no life threatening incidents.

Residents Sue and James Stewart of Church Road, Winscombe, said: "I have never seen anything like it in 50 years of living here." She and husband James were woken by sounds of rushing water at 5am, followed by a wall of water and stones which crashed over the wall of their drive and into the side of their house.

Mrs Stewart said: "The worst thing was the drivers in the morning accelerating to get through the flood water without any consideration.

"We were lucky it could have been much worse."

Elsewhere Wedmore was badly hit, with severe flooding in Guildhall and Gramball lanes due to a swollen river, with water up to 3ft deep in some properties.

The flood defences at Blackford, installed in the early 1960s, were breached.

Deep concrete culverts, designed to cope with the worst the weather could throw at them were overtopped, flooding the road and closing it for a short period.

The fire brigade was called out to a catalogue of places, including:

Cross Lane, Axbridge; Badgworth; Blackford; Burton Row, Brent Knoll; Upper New Road, Cheddar; Brent Road, East Brent; The Causeway and Vole Road, Mark; Cuck Hill, Shipham; Stone Allerton; Turnpike Road, Lower Weare; Sparrow Hill Way, Weare; Church Street, Quab Lane and West End, Wedmore.

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