Travel Chaos:Rain and flooding causes travel disruption across the west

by Jessica MCILHINNEY on September 25, 2012

Heavy rain has led to travel disruption and flooding across the west of England, with Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol and Somerset particularly badly affected. Flood warnings were issued in many areas across the region, and some houses had to be evacuated around Glastonbury, Somerset and the Forest of Dean.

Some rail lines in the area were also underwater, leading to many delays and cancellations of First Great Western trains.

For the majority of Monday, for example, no trains ran on the line between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol. The line, however, reopened later in the day when flooding cleared from the Flax Bourton area. Disruptions were also seen between Wales and London Paddington.

Properties in Cinderford in the Forest of Dean flooded because of blocked drains, according to the local fire station. Although the water inside the houses was only around 10 inches deep, it is expected that there will still be significant damage to furniture and belongings. A specialist high-power jet is now being used in an attempt to clear the drains.

Motorists were unable to drive in the village of Chew Magna near Bristol due to flooded roads, which locals said were the worse they had seen in decades. Fire and rescue crews in Avon also dealt with around 200 calls concerning the weather and rescued 12 people from properties and vehicles.

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