Somerset

Flooding closes A361 road at Somerset Levels

A 12-mile stretch of road along the Somerset Levels has been closed because of flooding.

The A361, which runs from Taunton to Glastonbury, has been closed between Ashcott and Walford Cross near the M5.

Flood water from the River Tone has flooded part of the route which passes through the village of Othery.

Somerset County Council said the section of road would be closed for at least two days but added that it could remain shut for up to a week.

Concert postponed

Taunton Deane Borough Council has called off its weekend Jubilee concert after most of the park was left under several inches of water following heavy rain on Sunday.

Councillor Catherine Herbert, who is responsible for sport, parks and leisure, said: "It is bitterly disappointing for everyone and I can understand that people will be upset that the events cannot go ahead as planned."

She added: "Vivary Park is a very special place and we are doing all we can to limit the damage caused by the flooding and this includes closing the park to protect it."

The council added that the park would reopen as soon as possible, depending on the rainfall over the next few days.

The county council said diversion routes were in place, with traffic being diverted on to the A38 at Walford Cross and on to the A39 at Pipers Inn.

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