Storm Ciarán: Roads and schools closed as Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset battered

A DRIVER was rescued from a vehicle stuck in flood water in the Marston Magna area as Storm Ciarán batters Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset.

Fire crews from Wincanton and Yeovil were called to reports of three vehicles stuck in rising flood water at around 6.19am this morning (October 2).

“Upon arrival crews confirmed one person was stuck inside a vehicle in minimal flood water,” a Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said.

“The crews donned on their flood suits and assisted the driver to safety.”

Meanwhile, high winds and heavy rainfall is battering the south west, with many roads flooded.

A crash on the A303 eastbound near the Wincanton junction at around 6am has seen drivers facing delays, while rainwater has blocked half the road off the Wincanton Business Park roundabout, near McDonald’s.

Somerset Highways says the following roads are closed due to flooding:
A37 Ilchester Rd at Yeovil Marsh
A358 Donyatt
A303 near A30 at Upottery
A378 from Oldway Lane (Wrantage) to A358 Mattocks Tree Hill
A359 at Marston Magna and Queen Camel

They said there had been reports of trees down in around 30 locations overnight.

Meanwhile, a number of schools have closed due to the weather.

Schools closed in Somerset:
Curry Mallet CofE Primary School
All Saints CofE VC Infants School, Dulverton
Dulverton Junior School
East Coker Community Primary School
Churchstanton Primary School

Schools closed in Dorset:
Atlantic Academy Portland
Budmouth Academy, Weymouth
Greenford CE Primary School, Dorchester
Loders CE VC Primary School, Bridport
Lytchett Minster School, Post Green Road
Marshwood CE VA Primary School, Bridport
The Forum Centre, Park Road, Blandford Forum
The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester
Thorncombe, St Mary’s CE Primary Academy, Chard
Thornford CE VA Primary School, Sherborne
Wyvern School, Weymouth

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