19 December 2019 08:34
A TAUNTON road has been closed due to flooding as heavy rain and strong winds continue to batter the county. Drivers are being urged to avoid the B3170 at Corfe, near Taunton racecourse. READ MORE: LIVE traffic and travel updates A Somerset Highways spokesperson said: "Carriageway flooding. Road closed from the White Hart Inn at Corfe to the Shoreditch Road junction (heading to Staple Fitzpaine)." There are also reports the A303 towards Honiton, in the Upottery area, is barely passable, with police on the scene. Roads are currently treacherous as Somerset is battered by strong winds and heavy rain, with a number of weather warnings in place across the region.
Elsewhere, earlier in the day, parts of Bridgwater were affected by a power cut. And this evening, engineers from Western Power Distribution are working to restore power in the Collumpton area. A spokesperson said it was hoped supplies would be restored by 11pm. Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from somersetlive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email The police are closing the A303 because of flooding. A section of the key West Country route has been hit by heavy rainfall on Wednesday evening (December 18).
Highways England say police officers have taken the decision to move in and stop traffic because the waters are so high in one area. The closure is being put in place near the Devon-Somerset border at the time of writing, just before 7pm. Highways England said on Twitter: "#A303 Marsh area. Flooding has occurred in the area and @DC_Police are in the process of closing the road "Please consider using alternative routes. Updates to follow." The A303 closure follows a M5 crash earlier in the night. There are also reports of heavy rain causing problems across the region. For the latest on other developing issues go the Somerset Live homepage. Email [email protected] to share your photos and other information to keep other drivers up to date - if it's safe and legal to do so. Want more news? To subscribe to our daily newsletter, enter your email address into the box at the top of this story To keep up to date with our latest news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter Find our Bath Facebook page here or Somerset's can be found here Alternatively, follow us on Twitter - @BathLive and @SomersetLive