11 people rescued from cars after being trapped on flooded roads

The flooded Westmead playing fields in Chippenham. Picture by Tom Jacques

The River Avon at Bradford was rising at midnight

Photographer found this tree down at Wingfield last night

The flooded pitch at Malmesbury Vics' Flying Monk ground

Rushing water at Malmesbury Town Bridge

First published in News

Wiltshire is suffering the effects of another heavy night of rain with the warning of more to come later this weekend.

The night's rain left roads treacherous and houses flooded. The conditions were made worse by gale forse winds, which brought down trees and blocked roads.

There are 12 flood warnings from the Environment Agency still in place, on aparts of the Bristol Avon and Tetbury Avon at Melksham, Chippenham, Sherston, Malmesbury, Luckington and Bradford-on-Avon.

Warnings also cover the Paxcroft Brook, Lambrok Stream and Dauntsey Brook near Chippenham.

An Environment Agency spokesman warned there is more wet weather on the way on Saturday and Sunday.

"I think there's more of what we're having to come over the weekend," he said.

"So each time we get a wee bit of recovery and the water starts to drop in the river it gets topped back up again."

Police and the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning drivers to take care on flooded roads after 11 motorists were rescued from trapped cars.

A spokesman said: "Since yesterday morning, the Service has rescued 11 people from vehicles stuck in flood water. This included two women whose car was stuck in 2ft of water on the road between Somerford Keynes and Minety in the early hours of this morning."

She added: "Don’t drive through standing water, as well as the water damaging your car, there may be hazards under the surface you can’t see.

"If you see a sign to say that the road is closed due to flooding, remember the sign is there for a reason. Don’t try to drive through or you might get stuck.

"Also if you are driving a larger vehicle, do not go through flood water at speed as this creates a ‘bow wave’ that can then cause flooding to adjacent properties."

The fire service has also been called out to homes in Easton, Tilshead and Minety overnight, which had been flooded.

 The Salisbury aerial appliance was mobilised at 6.23pm yesterday evening so Christmas lights that had blown down in Blue Boar Row could be picked up.

Wiltshire Council had 60 weather-related calls yesterday afternoon, with fallen trees and blocked roads the major complaints.

"The river levels are still rising," said Simon Rowe, the weather and emergency services officer.

"We're liaising with the Environment Agency and they can tell us what the rivers are doing.

"But we're getting phone calls from people who are telling us that they can physically see the water level rising and we're trying our best to react to those."

This morning one lane of the A419 northbound between Blunsdon and Cricklade has been closed and the A3102 in Lyneham has been closed in both directions due to flooding.

The B3106 near Staverton has been closed in both directions due to deep water and the B4069 in Kington Langley has also been closed in both directions due to flooding.

Trains between Bristol Parkway and Swindon were being delayed by up to 60 minutes due to the flooding.

Flooding also caused disruption to train services in the Westbury area.

More updates here later. Email us your flooding pictures by clicking here or tweet them to @gazzaloz

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