homes left without power as Burnham-On-Sea is hit by heavy rain
of homes in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were left without power
on Monday and several streets were flooded after torrential rain
swept through the area.
were the scenes in Burnham's Coleridge Gardens where blocked drains
led to deep water filling the roadway and pavements.
the cars could get through and no homes were flooded, but access
has been difficult for many residents and several have flooded gardens,"
local resident John Strickland told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
Over 400 homes were without power on Monday evening in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge following faults caused by the wet weather.
Power Distribution said it worked to get all homes reconnected as
soon as possible.
Berrow School suffered sewer problems during the day caused by the
heavy rain and several of its toilets were not working, prompting
staff to consider closing it. "The school may have to close
on Tuesday if further rain falls overnight and the problems worsen,"
a spokeswoman told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "We will make a decision
Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called to Brent Road in East Brent
on Monday evening where an electricity cable was on fire underground,
caused by saturated ground. The supplies were isolated with the
help of the power company.
There were also minor flooding issues in Berrow Road, Stoddens Road
and in Love Lane where Somerset County Council installed flood warning
signs to warn motorists.
Several Burnham-On-Sea residents said they were unhappy that the
County Council has not removed leaves from blocked drains. Vanessa
Treloar said: "I reported blocked drains by the swimming pool
in Berrow Road weeks ago and nothing has been done."
Meanwhile, rail services were halted through Highbridge and Burnham
Station. Great Western Railway advised passengers not to travel
on its services since all lines between Bristol and Taunton were
First Bus services in Burnham and Highbridge were also delayed.
Travellers were asked to check with the firms before setting out.
The Environment Agency issued a flood warning for the River Brue
and Glastonbury Millstream from Lovington to Highbridge. It said
river water levels would continue rising overnight.
The Met Office issued an amber severe weather warning for the whole
of the South West as the persistent rain, accompanied by high winds,
swept through through the area. Drier weather is forecast for the
remainder of the week.