A FLOOD alert has been issued this morning (Monday, December 4) for the North Somerset area.

People in the area are being warned that flooding is possible and that they should be prepared.

It comes as river levels have risen within the River Yeo catchment due to the heavy rainfall overnight.

Areas most at risk are locations near the Congresbury Yeo, with low lying land expected to be most affected, particularly around roads at Wrington and Iwood.

The flood alert area also covers rivers in North Somerset including Cheddar Yeo, Axe and tributaries.

Further rain is forecast, so the risk remains throughout today.

Rainfall and river levels are being monitored, while rivers in the area have been checked for blockages.

People are being advised to avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.

Government advice if you receive a flood alert includes:

  • keep up to date with the latest flood risk situation - call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates;
  • have a bag ready with vital items like insurance documents and medications in case you need to leave your home;
  • check you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies;
  • plan how you'll move family and pets to safety.