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Dramatic drone footage shows Chard’s ‘unprecedented’ flooding Bath City News

The Met Office estimated that two weeks of rain were seen in Somerset in 24 hours

Somerset villages were engulfed in flooding today after being hit hard by extreme weather conditions.

Drone footage from the village of Winsham shows the extent of flooding affecting areas of Chard.

Several roads were damaged following torrential rains that hit the Chard region on Monday evening.

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Somerset County Council said “unprecedented and extreme weather conditions” caused “extensive storm damage”.

Experts from the Met Office estimated that two weeks of rain were seen in Somerset in 24 hours.

A statement said: “Yesterday (June 28, 2021) saw heavy downpours in Somerset.

“While we do not have weather stations at every location and therefore are unable to record rainfall data for all locations in Somerset, the most notable yesterday in the region are as follows.

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“Sutton Bingham recorded 26.8mm of precipitation over the 24 hour period yesterday, but 17mm of it fell in just one hour in the evening.

“These heavy showers were common in Somerset yesterday and brought in a lot of surface water in record time, obviously causing drainage issues.”

The average precipitation for Somerset for the entire month of June is 61mm, so 26.8mm of rain falling in one day in one station is more than significant.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services have confirmed that more than 25 areas of Chard have been affected by the flooding.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-29 17:02:10

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