Snow and rain brings misery to Shepton Mallet and Croscombe
Shepton Mallet and Croscombe were among the areas hardest hit on Sunday as a surprise heavy snow fall over the Mendip Hills in the early hours followed by torrential rain caused heavy flooding and hazardous road conditions across the area.
In some places snow was six inches deep.
In Oakhill and villages around some residents were completely cut off as the roads were too dangerous to drive on.
And, as the snow melted, major flooding problems flowed in its wake.
Homes in Croscombe which had only just recovered from the major flooding in July were deluged again as leaves blocking drains stopped the water from running away.
And dismayed householders – who were literally poised to move back in following repairs after the previous damage after last July's flash floods – were left mopping up once more.
Across the road at the George Inn landlords Peter and Graham Veryan joined neighbours to fight back the flow.
"It very nearly got us again," said Veryan. "The water was over the top of my wellies as we were trying to clear the leaves that were blocking drains – the water just could not get away."
The pub is closed anyway this week as the couple are carrying out a renovation of the downstairs area to make good the damage caused by last summer's floods.
Bur Veryan said they were not putting carpet back down.
"We have learned our lesson – we are going for wooden flooring."
She said she felt desperately sorry for neighbours who were away, waiting for repairs works to be completed following the last flooding episode.
"They don't know about this yet," she said.
Fire crews were also called in to help pump out a flooded house in Old Wells Road, Shepton Mallet where a culvert collapsed under the sheer force of the water.
Shepton Mallet fire chief Graham Brown said fire crews were called out to deal with problems across the area as the Environment Agency issued alerts.
He said: "I have never seen snow like this before at this time of year.
"There must have been two inches of snow falling in the space of half an hour.
Several roads were impassable including Kilver Street and the Charlton crossroads in Shepton Mallet where road conditions were described as hazardous.
And a van overturned in the snow on the A37 north of Gurney Slade.