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Photos: Roads impassable as snow and rain strikes over the Mendips

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

  • Clearing large branches from Bristol Hill near Wells – many couldn’t support the weight of the ice and snow.The A39 was closed on Sunday morning due to the debris from trees in Beryl Wood

  • Cannard’s Grave Road in Shepton Mallet

  • Shepton Mallet Fire Brigade to the rescue in Croscombe on Sunday morining

  • Icy conditions on the A37 in Shepton Mallet

  • A couple of fallers – local lads enjoying the snow at Pen Hill near Wells on Sunday

  • Flooding on the A371 between Shepton Mallet and Wells

  • Heavy snowfall in Shepton Mallet’s Collett Park on Sunday morning

  • An overturned van on the A37 north of Gurney Slade

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An early snowfall over the Mendips in the early hours of Sunday morning was followed by torrential rain and flooding causing havoc in many areas across Somerset.

The Environment Agency issued six flood warnings and 22 flood alerts across the south west advising residents to take urgent action.

Low-lying properties under threat from the flood water included homes near the River Brue, at Arthurs Bridge at Ditcheat and also at Lovington, Elbow Corner at Pylle, the Glastonbury Millstream from Lovington to Highbridge, including Tootle Bridge, Catsham, Church Moor at Baltonsborough, Street Drove, the B3151 Glastonbury to Meare Road, Westhay Bridge, and Tadham Moor.

Several roads were impassable – including at one point Kilver Street and the Charlton crossroads in Shepton Mallet where road conditions on the A37 were described as hazardous.

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It was mopping up time once more for the village of Croscombe – hit hard by floods in July. Homes there which had only just been repaired after the major flooding damage four months ago were deluged again.

The A39 at Back Lane in Chewton Mendip, the A371 East Somerset Way in Wells eastbound between Strawberry Way roundabout and the Rookery Lane junction were also flooded.

And a van overturned in the snow on the A37 north of Gurney Slade.

At one point the heavy rain effected almost the whole county – with repeated warnings of hazardous driving conditions, excessive surface spray and flooding in many places.

Warnings were also issued via radio and TV urging motorists to take extra care and leave extra time for journeys.

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