Families on flood alert after torrential overnight rain
A number of flood alerts have been issued this morning following torrential overnight rain in and around Bath.
The Environment Agency warned householders to expect flooding from the River Chew from Chew Stoke to Keynsham.
Agency officials issued a red flood warning which says flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken after more than 300mm of rain fell in 12 hours in some parts of the region.
Weston Road in Bath was flooded at the Park Lane junction, as was St Saviour's Road in Larkhall and the bottom of Pennyquick Hill.
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Later the A431 between Bitton and Bath was also shut because of flooding, and there has also been reports of problems in Keynsham.
Bath and North East Somerset Councillor Geoff Ward tweeted: "Charlcombe Lane badly flooded, water pouring off the hills and creating mayhem!!"
And @pc_t tweeted: "Flooding at the bottom of Winsley Hill."
A series of amber flood alerts were also issued for the area warning families to be prepared as flooding is possible.
The flood alerts covered the Mid River Avon and tributaries including Melksham and Bradford on Avon.
People living near the the River Biss and tributaries between Westbury and Trowbridge were also on flood alert.
Another alert covered the Upper River Avon and tributaries including Chippenham.
Drivers were urged to take extra care after the overnight downpours left standing water on many roads.
There were long delays on the A37 after flooding between Pensford and Whitchurch.
Earlier today weather forecaster Ian Fergusson tweeted: "15 flood warnings in SW England. Very dynamic situation this AM whilst rain continues to fall."
At 11.00 this morning there were 47 flood warnings in force across South West England and a further 54 flood alerts.
Flooding caused widespread disruption to train services across the region today.
Passengers travelling between London and Bath faced severe delays with trains being diverted around Swindon and Chippenham.
Just one train and hour was arriving at Bath Spa Station Bath from London Paddington.
There were reports of major problems between Tiverton Parkway and Weston-super-Mare/Westbury.
Cross Country train services were facing delays of up to two hours between between Exeter St Davids and Bristol Temple Meads/Westbury.
There were further problems to the north. All trains were cancelled between Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester because of flooding.
Bus services were also hit. Passengers on the 265 service from Bath to Warminster faced a delay of 20 minutes.
Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued the following advice to motorists driving through flooded areas:
• Don't drive through standing water - as well as the water damaging your car, there may be hazards under the water you can't see. If you see a sign to say that the road is closed due to flooding, remember the sign is there for a reason. Don't try to drive through or you might get stuck.
• If you are driving a larger vehicle, do not go through flood water at speed as this creates a ‘bow wave’ that can then cause flooding to adjacent properties.
• When driving, if heavy rain is making visibility difficult, pull over if possible.
• Remember that roads will be slippery during wet conditions.
Area manager Julian Parsons said: “Whilst we are very busy attending numerous incidents, we are still able to maintain an adequate level of fire cover and we ask that the public only contact us if life or property is in danger.
"If you do contact us, we may not automatically send a fire crew as we can only help in certain situations. There has to be a certain level of water before we can pump water away, and we have to be able to pump it somewhere without it having a detrimental effect elsewhere.”
For the latest information on flood warnings and alerts in the region, click on the Environment Agency panel below.