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Flooding closes A303 in both directions as crews work to clear water from the road

Flooding on the A303 this morning. <i>(Image: National Highways)</i>
Flooding on the A303 this morning. (Image: National Highways)

UPDATE: The A303 in Somerset has reopened westbound between the A37/A372 near Podimore and the A3088 near Cartgate after low amounts of rainfall overnight allowed the flood water to recede.

UPDATE: The A303 is now closed between A3088 (Cartgate) and the A359 (Sparkford).

A SECTION of the A303 through Somerset has been forced to close due to flooding after a Met Office weather warning was issued preceding several flood alerts across the county.

The A303 between A3088 (Cartgate) and A37 (Podimore) is currently closed in both directions.

Recovery crews are in attendance to clear the drains and standing water from the carriageway.

National Highways have advised commuters to expect delays of at least 30 minutes on approach.

Yesterday's torrential downpour has since subsided, but left a trail of chaos in its wake, with countless flood warnings and alerts in place across Somerset, and severe disruption to train services.

The Environment Agency has issued more than 60 flood warnings across England as heavy rain replaced snow as the nation’s major weather concern.

A further 182 flood alerts have been issued across the country.

Taunton was badly affected yesterday, as firefighters had a busy afternoon rescuing stranded drivers from flooded areas.