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Pub closed as Taunton area hit by flash floods Bath City News

A quaint country pub has been forced to close after Somerset suffered heavy rains sweeping the country.

The Taunton Cross Keys had to close their doors after water began to seep into the kitchen during flash floods in the village.

The flooding also caused problems on the roads and police in Avon and Somerset said there had been several incidents on the M5 after the storms.

The A358 and B3227 were also severely affected by the flash flood that hit the center of Norton Fitzwarren.

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Flooding was also reported in North Petherton after the Met Office warned that a rain corridor could cause 80mm of rain to fall anywhere torrential rain has hit.

It hit the Taunton area in the early evening on Saturday and caused widespread problems and local man Andy Nickolls said many roads and properties remained flooded as he moved away from the county.

Bill Scuffil works at the Cross Keys and said: “We had to close because the rain water started to come in.

“It’s not critical at the moment as he didn’t enter the main part of the pub but did enter the kitchen which is a health and safety issue.

“The rain has stopped but the parking lot is flooded and it all depends on if we still have rain. If it stays dry we hope to clean up and reopen in a few days, but that’s the last thing you need when you just reopened after Covid. “

He said police were on the roundabout warning motorists not to cross the village floodwaters.

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Paramedic Andy Nickolls tweeted footage of the pub surrounded by water warning people to stay away from the village.

He also wrote: “Strong storms located at #nortonfitzwarren#northpetherton#taunton causing flash floods and numerous road closures, do not enter water in vehicles unless you know the depth of the water. “

Avon and Somerset Police said there was flooding between Exit 24 and Exit 23 (Bridgwater) due to the flooding and traffic officers tweeted: @HighwaysEngland we are dealing with several incidents # TST3

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