Somerset

A361 Glastonbury Road reopens following flooding

Flooded A361 road
Image caption The road was reopened on 19 December but closed again four days later following heavy rainfall

A main road in Somerset which was closed three times last year after it was severely flooded has been reopened.

The A361 has been closed between East Lyng and Burrowbridge since 22 December following heavy rainfall.

Somerset County Council said the water level has now fallen and the road reopened after passing an inspection.

The road, which connects Taunton and Glastonbury, was closed in May and for four weeks in November. It left drivers with a 15-mile (24km) detour.

On 19 December, it was reopened after the Environment Agency embarked on its "biggest ever" pumping operation to remove water from the Levels and Moors.

To add to the 20 permanent stations, the organisation brought in 16 extra pumps to help disperse the water, at a rate of 10 tonnes per second.

But four days later, the road was again closed following heavy rainfall in the run-up to Christmas.

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