National spotlight on flooding in Keynsham

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By BeckyFeather | Saturday, November 24, 2012, 18:18

The flooding in Keynsham has featured heavily on the national news today.

ITV has been reporting live from Keynsham where we have been badly affected by the extreme weather which continues to sweep the West Country.

ITV reporter Helen Callaghan was filming at the Lock Keeper pub where the car park, garden and cellars have been flooded.

And Sky Sports reported from Keynsham Rugby Club where the pitches at Crown Fields have been under several feet of water. Rugby Club chairman Brian Ballinger was interviewed.

Scores of people have been out taking photos of the flooding, particularly of the River Avon near the Lock Keeper and Portavon Marina where yesterday rescue teams got an elderly woman and two pet cats  to safety from a boat that was surrounded by floodwater.

Tonight Bath & North East Somerset Council said an aerial survey had shown river water levels across the area had fallen significantly but that further flooding remained a possibility due to the persistent rain falling on already waterlogged ground.

A spokesman said: "The high winds may also bring down branches and other debris and further landslips cannot be ruled out. Consequently drivers are urged to continue to take the utmost care when on the road network.

"Due to the amount of rain experienced over the last six months even the slightest rain falling on already waterlogged ground can cause some flooding."

The council advises people to avoid unnecessary journeys, not to drive or walk into floodwater as this is highly dangerous and to evacuate early if you think your property is at risk of flooding.

The rain should start to ease from the west overnight with winds also decreasing through the early hours.

Tomorrow morning is currently looking like it will be dry but we can expect more heavy rain tomorrow afternoon and a wet Monday too.

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