The aftermath of yesterday’s bad weather is still being felt across Bath as roads remain closed, flood warnings are issued and buildings are left damaged.
The strong wind and rain throughout the area yesterday and overnight has prompted flooding alerts to be issued by the Environment Agency for the River Avon.
Properties along the riverside face the possibility of flooding, with homes upstream at Bathampton to riverside properties at Twerton and Locksbrook likely to be affected.
Warnings have also been issued for Pulteney Weir and the nearby Sports Centre and Cricket Ground.
The weather is to calm down today, with the wind set to drop and no rain forecast throughout. 30mm of rain is estimated to have fallen across Bath yesterday, with wind gusts of around 40mph.
The A431 Kelston Road has been closed due to the severity of the flooding between Penn Hill Road (Bath) and Brewery Hill (Bitton). Green lane in Hinton Charterhouse has also been closed.
Bath and North East Somerset Council issued the following statement: “The Council has been working hard throughout the night to minimise the disruption caused by the storms during the early hours.
“We’ve sorted 15 minor tree incidents and 10 flooding problems. We expect difficult driving conditions to continue through today as a lot of debris has either blown or washed onto the road.
“The EA has issued flood warnings for our district and as the heavy rainfall moves through the river system we could still have some flooding problems due to rising river levels.”
A tree from St Swithin’s Church on Walcot Street fell across the road just after midnight, blocking the route. Emergency services were quickly on scene and tree surgeons worked to remove the tree by 1am.
Train services continue to be significantly delayed with some services being cancelled this morning. More information can be found here.