The latest ‘Severe weather update’ from Somerset County Council says a major incident was declared last night in the Avon and Somerset area following severe weather across the region. This was at the request Musgrove Park Hospital, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Somerset Partnership NHS Trust and South Western Ambulance Service due to concerns over essential staff being unable to get to work today.
A multi-agency response is underway and motorists are advised to avoid driving unless it is essential.
Our Highways and Traffic Control Teams have been working throughout the night and various services have been in regular contact with district colleagues and other partners, notably in health.Staff have been encouraged to make use of the technology for flexible working in discussion with their managers.
Sedgemoor District Council’s Bridgwater House: Open for staff, but advising that only staff who can walk in should come to the office
Taunton Deane Borough Council’s offices in Taunton and Wellington: Closed
West Somerset Council’s office in Williton: Closed
South Somerset District Council, including Brympton Way, Petters House, Chard Lace Mill, Wincanton Area Office and Crewkerne Community Office: Closed
Dillington House: Closed
Mendip: We’re waiting for confirmation and will update when we can.
Key highways points
Routes to hospitals have been ploughed and are reported passable.
During the course of the night A37 Shepton Mallet, A39 Kilve and A358 Crowcombe became unpassable. A39 Kilve now opened. Crews are assessing A37 Shepton Mallet. But A358 at Crowcombe cleared but A358 between Bagborough and Bishops Lydeard now impassable
Town Centres generally passable with care
A39 Minehead to Porlock difficult to pass through
Roads currently closed:
A39 Porlock Hill
B3224 Wheddon Cross to Raleghs Cross. Routing via Dunster instead. Likely to require digger during daylight hours because drifts are so high
South Molton to Simonsbath
Cheddar Gorge – crews intend to explore opening up from the north
A37 Shepton Mallet – being assessed
A371 Prestleigh Hill (nr Shepton Mallet) – abandoned vehicles to be recovered
A371 Westbury sub Mendip – abandoned vehicles to be recovered
A358 Bagborough to Bishops Lydeard
The Civil Contingencies Unit have been supporting the initiative to assist motorists in stranded cars during the evening – full update later.
-Running a minimal service and advising not to travel.
Check your local station here
-Bristol Airport. Most flights cancelled. Check here
Key Council links for weather advice
Bridgwater Food and Drink Festival cancelled . Organisers say “This has not been a easy decision but tomorrow Bridgwater food and drink festival is cancelled. It’s not 12 months of hard work down the drain , the festival has made some amazing friends over the last year and we will work together to bring to Bridgwater a festival fit for a king on the 2nd March 2019” Details here.
Waste collections postponed. details here.